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March 24, 2010

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Environmental author and nationally renowned speaker David James Duncan will discuss nature and world wisdom traditions at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Duncan is the author of the bestselling novels The River Why and The Brothers K and also several works of nonfiction, including God Laughs & Plays and My Story as Told by Water. He has spoken all over the U.S. on rivers and wilderness, the necessity of imaginative and religious freedom, the tragi-comedy of the writing life, the dire importance of wild salmon, and the charm of the non-monastic contemplative life. He is, in his own words, “a pew-poor, river-rich itinerant storyteller and churchless preacher speaking in mostly playful but occasionally heartbroken response to this life, this time, this place.”

Duncan’s work has won a Lannan Fellowship, the 2001 Western States Book Award for Nonfiction, a National Book Award nomination, two PNBA Awards, an honorary doctorate from University of Portland, the American Library Association’s 2003 Award (with co-author Wendell Berry) for the Preservation of Intellectual Freedom, inclusion in four volumes of Best American Spiritual Writing and 30 other anthologies, and many other honors.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. The presentation is the keynote address of the D.B. Reinhart Center for Ethics in Leadership’s Cardinal Virtues Conference.

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