Craig Childs, desert-rat extraordinaire, intrepid writer and world-traveler in the tradition of Greene and Matthiessen, and all-around literary-adventurer badass will give a lecture and reading titled “On the Trail of the First People: A Journey into the American Ice Age” on Thursday, May 1, sponsored by OSU’s Spring Creek Project.
Childs will share stories and images from his recent travels through Paleolithic wildernesses and landscapes, from Alaska to Chile to Florida. Many of the stories he will tell were contained in or arose out of his research into his latest book, Apocalyptic Planet, which Bill McKibben described as “an elegant and absorbing account of just how violently the Earth can change.” Apocalyptic Planet won both the 2013 Orion Book Award and the 2013 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award.
Childs is a regular commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition, and the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed books. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, Outside, and Orion. He is a contributing editor at High Country News, and he teaches writing at the University of Alaska in Anchorage and at Southern New Hampshire University.
The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the C&E auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center on Thursday, May 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.