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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 MediaBistro.com 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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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, […] 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..

Living the Simple Life: William Coperthwaite

Late last year architect, maker, visionary, homesteader, and Chelsea Green author William Coperthwaite died in a car accident just miles from his Machiasport home in Maine. The entire Chelsea Green family was saddened by his death, and perhaps none moreso than Peter Forbes who had been inspired by Coperthwaite’s work and contributed the foreword and […] Read More..

Why I’m On A Hunger Strike — Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson is a long time environmental activist, the author of Diary of an Eco-Outlaw, and An Unreasonable Woman, and an injured worker advocate in the Texas Gulf Coast. She is presently on a hunger strike to stop Valero from investing in the Canada tar sands. She forwarded us this letter last week… Workers! Demand […] Read More..