College of Arts & Sciences

"Leave It As It Is" Virtual Launch Party

David Gessner, professor and chair of the UNCW Department of Creative Writing, will introduce his new book, Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt's American West, on August 11 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The event will include an introduction by UNCW Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing Clyde Edgerton, as well as an appearance by Roosevelt imitator Larry Maple.

Leave It As It Is weaves together a cross country trip, a biography of Roosevelt, and an urgent environmental plea. Robert Redford describes the book as "A rallying cry in the age of climate change.”

Gessner is the author of eleven books including the New York Times bestseller All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West and the prize-winning The Tarball Chronicles. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the John Burroughs Award for Best Nature Essay, the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Award for Best Book of Creative Writing, and the Reed Award for Best Book on the Southern Environment. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine, Ecotone.

The event is free and open to the public. Attend the launch party using this link


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