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Video: Author Barry Lopez Talks Writing and Presidential Politics

Author Barry Lopez, the National Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams, in this video from offers some valuable advice to young writers, and gives his thoughts on the upcoming election.

I don’t think I listen very much to what’s going on with the election. The whole thing is kind of terrifying. I’m trying to look out about 10 years ahead of it. Ten years from now, where are we going to be? What I want to do is get the best minds around the table. I want to encourage young, smart, creative people to just do their work—not try to tell them what to do, but to do their work. And my trust is that if you get the best people together, we’ll figure out a government that will work. You know, we’ll figure these other things out.

But, no, I’m anxious about the election like so many other people are, but I don’t, I cannot afford creatively to sit at home and agonize over whether or not Sarah Palin is going to be the Vice President, you know, which is one of the most terrifying thoughts of the 21st century. I can’t get any juice behind it because it’s a distraction. What I want to do is be connected with other women and men who are artists and writers about, OK, so what are we going to do? What’s going to happen here? How can we take care of our people?

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Trust Your Unconsciousness: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas on Writing

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is a New York Times-bestelling author, traveler, and astute observer of the natural world. In Dreaming of Lions, a paperback edition of her memoir, Thomas pens a powerful new afterword and a selection of photos from her extraordinary life is included. Below is an excerpt from her chapter about writing, and her […] Read More

Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More

May Roundup: News, Views & Stuff You Can Use

The latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, and special sales, promotions and new releases.Permaculture Advice For Beginners. Hint: Start Small  Interested in applying a permaculture approach to your land, but […] Read More

Chelsea Green Publishing Turns 30!

Explore a slideshow of cover images from some of our most iconic books over the past 30 years. Excerpts from these books and close to 100 others are all part of a new Chelsea Green anthology celebrating our 30th anniversary – The Chelsea Green Reader. This collection offers readers a glimpse into our wide-ranging list […] Read More

Chelsea Green Celebrates 30 Years of Craft and Cutting Edge Books

We here at Chelsea Green have always had a nose for authors and books that are years ahead of the cultural curve. That knack is clearly on display in a new anthology that we’re making available to celebrate our first thirty years in publishing. More than one hundred books are represented in this collection and […] Read More
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