Guggenheim Fellow, Rebecca Solnit, to Read at University of Idaho on Jan. 30

Wednesday, January 23 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – Rebecca Solnit, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, will read from her work and sign books Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Law School Courtroom at the Menard Law Building on the University of Idaho campus.

“Time and again, Rebecca shows us that hope still exists,” said Doug Heckman, University of Idaho MFA in Creative Writing program director. “She has a gift for delivering unforgettable details, which helps readers re-imagine parts of our lives that we thought we knew well – like walking, energy and community. We are thrilled to bring a writer of her stature to the Palouse.”

Solnit is the author of 13 books. Her work has focused on art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology and politics. Her book River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, won Solnit a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and the Lannan Literary Award. Other titles include Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender and Art. Her most recent book is 2010’s Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas.

As an activist and journalist, Solnit has focused on climate change, American Indian land rights, human rights and other issues. She credits her education in journalism and art criticism with strengthening her critical thinking skills and training her to quickly develop expertise in the great variety of subjects her books have covered.

The reading is free and open to the public. Solnit will also speak during a public lecture at Washington State University in Pullman on Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. in CADD 21. Her visit is being sponsored by the WSU Department of Fine Art. For more information, contact Dennis DeHart at

Solnit will visit the University of Idaho campus as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writer series.

The final reading in the 2012-2013 series will be novelist Adam Johnson on April 10, 2013.

For more information on this and other MFA Creative Writing events and programs, please visit: or contact Heckman at
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