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Thu, Dec. 05

Adventurer describes wild Tibetan river run

PRESCOTT - Acclaimed author, adventurer and Prescott College alumnus Craig Childs returns to Prescott Friday to relate the exciting tale of his wilderness expedition on the as-yet uncharted Salween River in Northern Tibet.

The presentation starts at 7 p.m. in the Prescott College Crossroads Center meeting room. Admission is $7 per person, $5 for students.

Childs describes his adventures on the Salween as "the first expedition down 200 miles of an uncharted river on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau.

"No Westerner has ever reached these locations," he claims. "I'm taking the audience on a wild ride into the heart of light, the Tibetan interior."

A native Arizonan, Childs has authored several critically acclaimed books. He has won the Spirit of the West Award for his body of work, an honor shared with the likes of Wallace Stegner, N. Scott Momaday, Tony Hillerman, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Terry Tempest Williams. He is a recipient of the Colorado Book Award. His books have been listed among the New York Times' and the Los Angeles Times' top tomes of the year.

His employment history ranges from jazz musician to journalist, gas station attendant, beer bottler, college field instructor, and river guide, "not necessarily in that order," he notes. "These days I am mostly writing and speaking, and wandering in wild places when I can.

"When I first began publishing books in the mid-1990s, I lived nowhere. I had no residence or phone number, slept in the back of a truck or in the wilderness, and worked seasonally as a guide and field instructor. My first few books were typed in bars, libraries, and laundromats."

Preceding the lecture, a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception will take place at the Prescott College Library from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and include admission to the 7 p.m. lecture. To attend, contact Eileen Chalfoun at 350-1301 or echalfoun@prescott.edu.

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