Author Terry Tempest Williams to Speak at Mount Holyoke College

For immediate release
October 10, 2000


SOUTH HADLEY, Massachusetts--Award-winning writer, naturalist, and environmental advocate Terry Tempest Williams will speak about her book Refugeat Mount Holyoke College on October 24 at 4 PM in Gamble Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public and is part of a series of programs at the College revolving around Williams's book Refuge.In Refuge,a story concerning nature, women, and grieving, Terry Tempest Williams recounts her mother's death of cancer and the flooding of a bird sanctuary.

Before classes began this September, all entering students at Mount Holyoke were sent a copy of Refuge.New students then discussed the book with each other, faculty, and administrators during orientation.

The October 24 event with Williams is one of four community dialogues further focusing on Refugethat will take place on the Mount Holyoke campus. The campus community has been encouraged to read the book for these discussions, which launch October 11. The initial dialogue will focus on writing. On October 18, science and environmental issues relating to the book will be discussed, and the final discussion on October 30 will delve into health issues related to Refuge.Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in any or all of the four dialogues, and the public is invited to join the afternoon with Williams. For the community, multiple copies of Refuge are available at the College's library and at South Hadley's Gaylord Library. Terry Tempest Williams is the author of six books, including Refugeand Leap: A Traveler in the Garden of Delights.She has served as a naturalist-in-residence at the Utah Museum of Natural History and is currently the Shirley Sutton Thomas Visiting Professor of English at the University of Utah. Newsweek identified Williams as someone likely to make "a considerable impact on the political, economic and environmental issues facing the western states in this decade."

Williams is part of a literary fall that is unfolding at the women's college campus in South Hadley. Three other distinguished authors also speaking in October are Armistead Maupin, best-selling author; Elizabeth Topham Kennan '60, president emeritus of Mount Holyoke; and Jill Ker Conway, Mount Holyoke College trustee and former president of Smith College.

Maupin appeared the evening of October 7 at Chapin Auditorium for a WFCR benefit. Best known for his Tales of the Cityseries, he read from his new mystery novel, The Night Listener, answered audience questions, and participated in a book signing.

The two former women's college presidents have cowritten the mystery novelOvernight Floatunder the pseudonym Clare Munnings and will speak in the College's Stimson Room on Monday, October 16. The event will take place at 4 PM and is for members of the Smith and Mount Holyoke campus communities. The entire Mount Holyoke community has also been encouraged to read this text, and multiple copies of Overnight Float are also available at the College's library and at the Gaylord Library.###