Barry Lopez, Annick Smith, & Susan O'Connor - HEARTH

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 6:30pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77006

This reading will be attended by editors Susan O'Connor and Annick Smith, as well as Barry Lopez, who will be reading from his forward.

A hearth is many things: a place for solitude; a source of identity; something we make and share with others; a history of ourselves and our homes. It is the fixed center we return to in mind, in spirit, and body, and is intrinsically portable. Hearth is, in short, the perfect metaphor for what we seek in these complex and contradictory times—set in flux by climate change, mass immigration, the refugee crisis, and the dislocating effects of technology.

Featuring original contributions from some of our most cherished voices—including Terry Tempest Williams, Bill McKibben, Pico Iyer, Natasha Trethewey, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Chigozie Obioma—Hearth suggests that empathy and storytelling hold the power to unite us when we have wandered alone for too long. This is an essential anthology that challenges us to redefine home and hearth as a place to welcome strangers, to be generous, and to care for the world beyond one’s own experience.

Co-Editor Susan O’Connor is an environmental and arts advocate. She has served on the boards of several art museums, including the Menil in Houston, Texas. She has also been a board member of the Orion Society and the American Prairie Reserve. She cofounded several nonprofits including Pacific Writers Connection, Ala Kukui: Hana Retreat, Ohana Makamae, and Families First both in Boston and Missoula. She is a coeditor, with Annick Smith, of The Wide Open: Prose, Poetry, and Photographs of the Prairie, which included such notable writers as Peter Matthiessen, Richard Ford, Gretel Ehrlich, and James Harrison with photographic portfolios by Lee Friedlander, Lois Conner, and Geoffrey James. 

Co-Editor Annick Smith is the author of Homestead, In This We Are Native, Big Bluestem, and Crossing the Plains with Bruno. She produced the prize-winning feature Heartland, and was a founding board member of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. Her travel and nature writing, short stories, and essays have appeared in Audubon, Outside, Islands, Travel + Leisure, Orion, The New York Times, Story, and National Geographic Traveler, and have been widely anthologized. In 1989 she was coeditor with William Kittredge of The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology. She was also coeditor with Susan O’Connor of The Wide Open: Prose, Poetry and Photographs of the Prairie. Smith recently received the 2018 Montana Governor’s Art Award. 

Barry Lopez is the author of sixteen works of fiction and nonfiction, including Arctic Dreams, recipient of the National Book Award, and Of Wolves and Men, a finalist for the National Book Award. The recipient of numerous cultural and literary awards, he has received Guggenheim and Lannan fellowships, and awards from the American Association of Geographers, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the New York Public Library. Since 2000, he has served as a Visiting Scholar at Texas Tech University, where his papers are archived in the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World. His most recent book, Horizon, is available now.

Hearth: A Global Conversation on Identity, Community, and Place Cover Image
By Annick Smith (Editor), Susan O'Connor (Editor)
ISBN: 9781571313799
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 9th, 2018