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National Book Award winner to speak April 23 in Bozeman

April 1, 2009 -- From MSU News Service

Peter Matthiessen will speak April 23 in Bozeman. (Photo by Jesse Close).   High-Res Available

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Tel: (406) 994-4571
BOZEMAN -- Peter Matthiessen, two-time winner of a National Book Award, will give Montana State University's Friends of Stegner Lecture this year.

"An evening with Peter Matthiessen" will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Matthiessen will also sign books during his April 23 visit. Book signings will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the MSU Bookstore and 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. at the Emerson Cultural Center.

Matthiessen, 81, is a naturalist and conservationist who has published more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction, including "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" and "Far Tortuga." In November 2008, he received a National Book Award for "Shadow Country," a revision of the fictional trilogy he released in the 1990s. Matthiessen won his first National Book Award 30 years ago for "The Snow Leopard."

Matthiessen was born in New York City and began his writing career before graduating from Yale University in 1950. His parallel career as a naturalist and environmental activist has produced numerous acclaimed works of nonfiction, most of them serialized in The New Yorker. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1974 and has won numerous other awards.

Sponsors of the Friends of Stegner Lecture are MSU's Department of History and Philosophy's Wallace Stegner Chair, the MSU Humanities Institute, the Associated Students of MSU and the MSU Leadership Institute.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or