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June 8, 2005

Nature Writer John Hildebrand Reads June 21 On WSUI

Nature writer John Hildebrand, the author of "Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon," will read from his new book of essays, "Northern Front," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Writing for the American Library Association's Booklist, Rebecca Maksel observed, "The pieces in the book, written over a 20-year period, present glimpses of landscapes and the people who populate them. The essays are extremely varied: in one, the author accompanies Hmong immigrants deer hunting in Wisconsin; in another, he tries to follow the course of the Big Two-Hearted River using Hemingway's classic story as a guide. (Hemingway took some liberties with the Michigan landscape.) 'Touching Bottom' draws a melancholy yet lovely parallel between a wounded mallard and the author's dissolved marriage.

"At one point Hildebrand laments, 'Perhaps we have lost the language to describe a landscape beyond the terminology of real estate brokers.' Not true, if this collection is any example."

Hildebrand's nonfiction has appeared in periodicals including Harper's Magazine, Audubon, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Harrowsmith and the Missouri Review. He is also the author of the book "Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family."

A faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alaska. He is the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship and the BANTA Award from the Wisconsin Library Association.

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