Wednesday, October 22, 2008

An Evening with Eric Pinder

Chester College of New England's Visiting Writers Series will host an evening of nature writing featuring author Eric Pinder at 6 p.m., Monday, October 27 in Powers 29. The event is free and open to the public.

Eric Pinder was born in upstate New York, attended college in western Massachusetts, graduated, and some time later drove to northern New Hampshire in a rusty Chevy Nova packed with a few
clothes, almost no furniture, and about a dozen boxes of books. His lifelong interests in science and the outdoors led to jobs at the Appalachian Mountain Club and Mount Washington Observatory. For seven years he lived and worked as a weather observer atop the snowy, windswept, 6288-foot summit of Mount Washington, the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.” His experiences there inspired two books, Life at the Top and Tying Down the Wind.

His essay "Back to the Sea" was recently published in Ocean magazine, his short story "Cold Burial" appears in the latest issue of the journal Sand and another story, "The Pit," appears in the new science fiction anthology Beacons of Tomorrow. His work has also appeared in Weatherwise, Appalachian Trailway News, Newsday and Bostonia. He teaches a nature writing class at Chester College of New England and occasionally teaches an introductory weather course at Barnes & Noble University. His latest books are Sheep Football and North to Katahdin, about the appeal of mountains and wilderness. He also is working on a novel and several children’s books.

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