Noted novelist, nature writer, and environmental activist, Rick Bass came on the campus of Mt. Holyoke on Thursday night. Bass gave a talk and read from some of his best-selling works. Rick Bass is the author of twenty-two books. His first short story collection, The Watch (1994), set in Texas, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, and his 2002 collection, The Hermit’s Story (2002), was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Bass’s stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and have been collected in The Best American Short Stories. His books also include Where the Sea Used to Be (1998), Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had (2000), and The Sky, the Stars and the Wilderness (1997). His most recent work Why I came West was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.