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Barry Lopez, the award-winning Arctic Dreams author, has died aged 75

The award winning American writer Barry Lopez, whose work focused on creating bonds between people and places has sadly passed away at the age of 75.

Lopes died in Oregon on Friday after a long battle with prostate cancer, his family said.

Kim Stafford, a former Oregon poet laureate and longtime friend said that Lopez’s books; “are landmarks that define a region, a time, a cause. He also exemplifies a life of devotion to craft and learning, to being humble in the face of wisdom of all kinds.”

In his lifetime Lopez wrote nearly 20 books on natural history studies, along with a number of essays and short story compilations. In 1986 he won the Nation Book Award for Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape. This book was the culmination of almost five years travelling across the Arctic.

The final book he released was an autobiography entitled Horizon which detailed a lifetime of travelling across more than 70 countries.

In a statement released on Saturday his family have encouraged financial support for the McKenzie River Trust, a charity that Lopez had worked closely with to aid their conservation efforts.

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