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UMF Visiting Writers Series presents David Gessner

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FARMINGTONThe University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present David Gessner, award-winning nonfiction author, as the next reader in its highly-respected Visiting Writers Series. Gessner will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Gessner is the author of nine books and countless essays about the wild world, including, 'All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West.' His other books include 'Return of the Osprey,' 'Sick of Nature,' 'My Green Manifesto' and 'The Tarball Chronicles,' which won the 2012 Reed Award for Best Book on the Southern Environment and the Association for Study of Literature and the Environment's award for best book of creative writing in 2011 and 2012.

He has published essays in many magazines, including Outside magazine and the New York Times Magazine and has won the John Burroughs Award for Best Nature Essay, a Pushcart Prize and inclusion in Best American Nonrequired Reading. He recently appeared on MSNBC's The Cycle to offer his take on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

Gessner taught environmental writing as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard, and is currently a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he founded the award-winning literary journal of place, Ecotone.

He also is a huge contributor to the blog 'Bill and Dave's Cocktail Hour,' a website he created with the writer Bill Roorbach.

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