Terry Tempest Williams: A reading and book signing in support and celebration of HawkWatch International

Terry Tempest Williams: A reading and book signing in support and celebration of HawkWatch International

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013

Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 South 200 East - SLC, UT)

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - Ken Sanders Rare Books is pleased to announce a benefit reading and book signing with Terry Tempest Williams on Saturday, March 2 at 7:00PM at our downtown bookstore (268 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT). This benefit is in support of HawkWatch International and their work to conserve raptors and our shared environment.

On the night of the event, copies of Terry Tempest Williams’ book When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice (just released in paperback), will be available for signing and purchase for a $25.00 donation. Proceeds from book sales will directly benefit HawkWatch International.

You can view the event flyer here:


“Terry has been an amazing inspiration to many writers and environmentalists throughout her career, and we are honored she finds our work worthy of celebration,” said Caroline Goldman, Executive Director of HawkWatch International.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so arrive early to ensure a spot. For more information, contact Ken Sanders Rare Books at (801)521-3819.

About Terry Tempest Williams and When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice: Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Williams, like her writing, cannot be categorized. She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as "a barefoot artist" in Rwanda. Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert; and The Open Space of Democracy. She is a columnist for the magazine The Progressive. Her newest book When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice, was published in 2012.

When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice, has won several awards and is “brilliant, meditative […] full of surprises, wisdom, and wonder" (Ann Lamott, author of Imperfect Birds). Terry Tempest Williams’s mother, the matriarch of a large Mormon clan in northern Utah, told her the following information a week before she died: "I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won’t look at them until after I’m gone." It was a shock to Williams to discover that her mother had kept journals, but not as much of a shock as it was to discover that the three shelves of journals were all blank. In fifty-four short chapters, Williams recounts memories of her mother, ponders her own faith, and contemplates the notion of absence and presence art and in our world. When Women Were Birds is a carefully crafted kaleidoscope that keeps turning around the question: What does it mean to have a voice?

In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2009, Terry Tempest Williams was featured in Ken Burns' PBS series on the national parks. She is also the recipient of the 2010 David R. Brower Conservation Award for activism. The Community of Christ International Peace Award was presented in 2011 to Terry Tempest Williams in recognition of significant peacemaking vision, advocacy and action. Terry Tempest Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Her writing has 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. She and her husband, Brooke Williams, divide their time between Castle Valley, Utah and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

About HawkWatch International: The mission of HawkWatch International (HWI) is to conserve our environment through education, long-term monitoring, and scientific research on raptors as indicators of ecosystem health. For more than 30 years, HWI has worked to ensure birds of prey are able to survive and thrive in the natural world, and to ensure new generations will inherit a planet with healthy raptor populations. We believe that through our efforts to monitor and protect hawks, eagles, owls and other birds of prey, we can protect our shared environment, our natural heritage, and ourselves. Learn more about HawkWatch International and our programs at www.hawkwatch.org.

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