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

Event takes place at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord, MA.

Register for Zoom: $15


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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.

Signed copies of her books will be available at the event.

The Henry David Thoreau Prize for Excellence in Nature Writing 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.

The Thoreau Society received a Mass Humanities Staffing Recovery Grant (2023-25) in support of our Membership and Program Coordinator. Funding from Mass Humanities has been provided through the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Terry Tempest Williams: Photo Credit: © Zoë Rodriguez Photo Credit: © Zoë Rodriguez


Oct 28 2023


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