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Hudson author to talk about state naturalist Aldo Leopold

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As part of the River Falls Public Library's ongoing exhibit about logging in northern Wisconsin from 1830-1910, Hudson author Marybeth Lorbiecki will discuss her biography "Aldo Leopold: A Fierce, Green Fire."

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Lorbiecki, an award winning author of books for children and adults, will be at the library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Lorbiecki gives a very personal view of the man whose most influential work, "The Sand County Almanac," was published posthumously.

Leopold was born in Iowa in 1887 at the peak of the logging boom in northern Wisconsin. He became an internationally renowned wildlife ecologist and the first chairman of the University of Wisconsin's Wildlife Management Department.

In the 1930s Leopold had acquired a worn-out farm near Baraboo, dubbed "The Shack," as a weekend retreat. Here he applied his understanding of "harmony between people and the land" to restore it. And it was here he kept his journal of daily life, composed of sketches of nature and philosophical essays, that later became the "Almanac."

Lorbiecki also authored a Leopold biography for young readers. Her 1993 book, "Of Things Natural, Wild, and Free: A Story About Aldo Leopold," won a John Burroughs Book Award. Although many of her books for children take on difficult topics, such as racism, guns, war and environmental challenges, their lighter side gives young readers a way to look at these issues with hope and courage.

Several of her books will be available that night for sale and signing.

Lorbiecki lives in Hudson with her husband, David Mataya, and their three children -- Nadja, Mirijana, and Dmitri.

Lorbiecki's appearance at the library is sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.

There is no admission charge. Refreshments will be served.

Call 425-0905 for more information.

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