Maui Arts & Entertainment

Nature Writer, Environmentalist to Speak at The MACC

September 17, 2015, 2:31 PM HST
* Updated September 17, 2:32 PM
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Barry Lopez. Photo provided by The Merwin Conservancy.

Barry Lopez. Photo provided by The Merwin Conservancy.

Nature writer and environmentalist Barry Lopez will speak at the next installment of The Merwin Conservancy’s The Green Room, a environmental and literary salon series, on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m. in the McCoy Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Lopez will captivate The Green Room audience as he examines the relationship between human culture and physical landscape.

Lopez’ writings have been compared to those of Henry David Thoreau; he brings a depth of erudition to the text by immersing himself in his surroundings, deftly integrating his environmental and humanitarian concerns.

He is best known as the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award.

“It is truly an honor to bring Mr. Lopez to Maui, in celebration of his extraordinary written works and his passionate commitment to nature,” said Jason Denhart, executive director of The Merwin Conservancy. “Our community is in for an exceptional evening at this Green Room gathering.”

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The event will include a talk and audience Q&A session, followed by a hosted reception with book fair, book signing, live music, dessert and drinks.

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The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35 per person (with a $10 student rate available with student identification) and are available at The MACC Box Office by calling (808) 242-SHOW or purchasing online.

The Green Room is presented by FIM Group and supports the nonprofit work of The Merwin Conservancy.

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About The Merwin Conservancy
The Merwin Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the living legacy of W. S. Merwin, his home and palm forest, for future retreat and study for botanists and writers, for environmental advocacy and community education.

For more information on the organization, go online.

About The Green Room
The Green Room is a literary salon series steeped in the values of The Merwin Conservancy—which include a reverence for nature, language, art and imagination. Launched in 2013, The Green Room presents writers, poets, artists, botanists, environmentalists—from both Hawai’i and off-island—to create enriching, meaningful salons that spark conversation, community engagement and artistic expression.

Past events have included presentations by Naomi Shihab Nye, Terry Tempest Williams and Dr. Abraham Verghese.

For more information, go online.

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