[PAST EVENT] Earth Day Panel: Michael P. Branch '85 and Dean King

April 22, 2024
4pm - 6pm
Swem Library, Ford Classroom
400 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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  • Free food
  • Open to the public
Michael P. Branch and Dean King
Michael P. Branch and Dean King

W&M Libraries and the Institute for Integrative Conservation & Office of Sustainability have partnered together to host award-winning authors,  Michael Branch '85 and Dean King for an Earth Day panel discussion. There will be a book signing following the talk, and the W&M Spirit Shop & Bookstore will be on site selling copies. Light refreshments will be available.  Please register using the link below. Free and open to all!

About the authors:

Mike Branch '85 is a W&M alum, writer, humorist, environmentalist, father, and desert rat who lives with his wife and two young daughters in the western Great Basin Desert. His work includes nine published books, one of which is the Pulitzer Prize-nominated John Muir’s Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa (Island Press). Mike, who is Professor of Literature and Environment and University Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, is co-founder and past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), served for sixteen years as the Book Review Editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and is a co-founder and series co-editor of the University of Virginia Press book series Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in Ecocriticism. He is the recipient of Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award, the Western Literature Association Frederick Manfred Award for Creative Writing, the Willa Pilla Award for Humor Writing, and his books have been finalists for the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Creative Book Award, and the Mountain West Center Evans-Handcart Award. 

Dean King is an award-winning author of ten nonfiction books. Dean relishes the adventures involved in making history come to life while at the same time diligently searching out the truth and turning up new historical detail. While researching his national bestseller Skeletons on the Zahara, he crossed the Sahara on camels and in Land Rovers. He trekked the Long March trail in the Snowy Mountains of Western China while researching Unbound and was shot at in Appalachia while writing The Feud. For his most recent book, Guardians of the Valley, Dean traveled to John Muir’s boyhood homes in Dunbar, Scotland, and rural Wisconsin and spent months roaming Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada. Dean’s writing has also appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Granta, Garden & Gun, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Travel + Leisure, New York, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Virginia Living. He is a partner in Gum Street Productions, making documentary films.

Sponsored by: W&M Libraries and Institute for Integrative Conservation & Office of Sustainability


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