Author will conduct reading of her latest book

Author Amy Irvine McHarg, a sixth-generation Utahn and longtime wilderness activist, will conduct a reading from her latest book at Marietta College’s Alma McDonough Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 3.

“Landscape and literature are bodies that, if we are to be intimate with the flesh of them, require work on our part. There is blood, sweat, and tears,” Irvine McHarg said. “Things are rarely on our terms. Bring them together as one entity, as a prose of place, and you are asking for the love affair of your life. You are also going to feel your heart to break a thousand times over. Especially now, with so much of the natural world imperiled.”

The English Department and Office of Academic Affairs are co-sponsoring Irvine McHarg, who will read from “Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land,” which was the winner of the Orion Book Award and Colorado Book Award.” Her presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.

“I think it is most relevant to college students,” Irvine McHarg said.

The book also received great reviews. The Los Angeles Times said that “it may well be Desert Solitaire’s literary heir” while a starred Booklist review said this: “Forthright and imaginative, sensitive and tough, Irvine joins red-rock heroes Edward Abbey and Terry Tempest Williams in breaking ranks and speaking up for the living world.”

She is currently a faculty fellow in non-fiction at Southern New Hampshire University. Her work has appeared in Orion, High Desert Journal and in numerous western, nature and environmental anthologies.