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Concord Festival of Authors: The Thoreau Prize Honoring Terry Tempest Williams


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Concord Festival of Authors: The Thoreau Prize Honoring Terry Tempest Williams
Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord, MA
October 28, 2023, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm eastern
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The Thoreau Society will be honoring author Terry Tempest Williams with the Henry David Thoreau Prize for Excellence in Nature writing for her outstanding career and dedication to the craft of writing.

Williams is the author of numerous books, including the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. She is author of The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, which was published in June 2016 to coincide with and honor the centennial of the National Park Service. Her most recent work, Erosion: Essays of Undoing, explores “the assaults on America’s public lands and the erosion of our commitment to the open space of democracy.” Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

The Thoreau Prize was established as an annual award in 2010 by Dale Peterson to honor a writer of fiction, nonfiction or poetry whose work embodies Thoreau’s legacy as a gifted stylist, keen naturalist and social thinker. It is given as a lifetime achievement award or to honor mid-career nature writers of exceptional promise. Previous winners of the Thoreau Prize have included the poets Mary Oliver and Gary Snyder, the author-naturalists Jane Goodall, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Sy Montgomery, Peter Matthiessen, Diane Ackerman and Gretel Ehrlich, the poet, novelist and essayist Linda Hogan, biologist E.O. Wilson and the ecologist and nature writers Bernd Heinrich and George Schaller.

Founded in 1941, The Thoreau Society, Inc. is the largest and oldest organization devoted to an American author. The Society has members from more than twenty countries around the world, the Penobscot Nation, and all fifty U.S. states. The Society exists to stimulate interest in and foster education about Thoreau’s life, works, legacy and his place in his world and in ours, challenging all to live a deliberate, considered life.

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