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Wendell Berry to receive award in Tulsa December 7

When author Wendell Berry comes to town to accept the Tulsa Library Trust's 2012 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award on Dec. 7, he will bring with him his reputation as a principled presence in American letters, as well as that of being an outspoken critic of industrialized farming.

The award, which consists of a $40,000 cash prize and an engraved crystal book, gives formal recognition, on behalf of the Tulsa County community, to internationally acclaimed authors who have written a distinguished body of work and made a major contribution to the field of literature and letters.

Berry will speak at the black tie awards dinner and will give a free public presentation at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at Central Library, Fourth Street and Denver Avenue.


Courier-Journal reviews Wendell Berry's "A Place in Time"

Reading Wendell Berry’s new short story collection (his first work of fiction since 2006) is a little like saying hello and goodbye to a long-lost friend in the same breath. Here again are so many of the unforgettable characters whom fans of the fictional small Kentucky town of Port William have come to know and love over these past 50 years.


Blog Watch: Wendell Berry at Berkeley

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman got it right when, after meeting Berry, he wrote,“I doubt there is a more quotable man in the United States.” I furiously scribbled notes all throughout the discussion, trying my hardest to quote Berry verbatim.

Berry, who studied at Stanford with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest author Ken Kesey, expresses his distaste over the words “wild,” “wilderness,” and “holistic.” I can’t remember where I first heard it, but I am suddenly reminded of an author asking when we stopped calling food “food,” and began calling it “organic food,” as if it were something special.

“I’m dissatisfied with the terms ‘wilderness’ and ‘the wild,’” he says in his Kentucky accent. “The ‘wild creatures’ are more domesticated than we are… they are more settled in their habitat. We humans… we are the wild ones.” And it’s true – the animals out there have adapted to their environment, “getting along quite nicely,” while humans manipulate and destroy our environment without care.


Wendell Berry reads and discusses in Berkeley tonight

Wendell Berry, Poet, Avenali Lecture: Reading and Discusison

Reading - Literary | November 1 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2621 Durant Avenue

Townsend Center for the Humanities

The Townsend Center for the Humanities presents poet Wendell Berry as Avenali Chair in the Humanities, 2012-2013.