Oregon writer Barry Lopez's latest book is "Horizon." It focuses on his travels over the last half century to six different parts of the world: the Arctic Circle, Antarctica, Australia, Kenya, the Galapagos Islands, and the Oregon Coast.

Oregon writer Barry Lopez's latest book is "Horizon." It focuses on his travels over the last half century to six different parts of the world: the Arctic Circle, Antarctica, Australia, Kenya, the Galapagos Islands, and the Oregon Coast.

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Oregon essayist and author Barry Lopez died this week at the age of 75. NPR first confirmed his death on Saturday.

Lopez was born in New York but had lived in Oregon since 1968. He was most well known for his book “Arctic Dreams,” which won a National Book Award in 1986.

Lopez’s work often focused on the landscapes and places where he traveled. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 but continued writing. He remained one of Oregon’s most celebrated writers and thinkers.

We listen back to an interview from last spring with the author. His most recent book, “Horizon,” knits together his decades of travel all around the world. It’s a book full of wonder and sadness, hope and despair, about the natural world — and the way humans are changing it.


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