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Arctic Travel Writer To Share Stories


Fairbanks, Alaska— Award-winning travel writer, Gretel Ehrlich will give a free public lecture, “After the Ice,” Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

The lecture will include readings from her most recent book, “In the Empire of Ice,” as well as tales of her experiences in the Arctic.

Ehrlich has traveled throughout Greenland and the Arctic and has written 13 books based on those experiences, including novels, collections of essays and books of poetry. Her writings have been featured in various publications including Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Life, National Geographic Magazine and many others.

Ehrlich’s work has also been included in a number of anthologies.When she was a correspondent for NPR’s Day to Day, she reported from Kosovo, the Arctic and from Africa. She has done a significant amount of work revolving around climate change, including helping to found theUnited Kingdom’s Cape Farewell artists and climate change project.

Ehrlich’s awards include the 2010 PEN Thoreau Award, a Bellagio Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, the Harold B. Vurcell Award for distinguished prose from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, and two Expedition Council grants from the National Geographic Society for circumpolar travel in the high Arctic.

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