University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Doug Peacock

Colin Peacock

Mr. Peacock is appearing courtesy of Kirk Astroth

Doug Peacock is the author of, "In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene", "In the Presence of Buffalo: Working to Stop the Yellowstone Slaughter" "Grizzly Years", "Baja", "Walking It Off "and co-author of "In the Presence of Grizzlies" and "The Essential Grizzly" co-written with Andrea Peacock.

A disabled Vietnam veteran and Green Beret medic, Peacock was the real-life model for Edward Abbey's, George Washington Hayduke in his environmental classic, The Money Wrench Gang. He has published widely on wilderness issues ranging from grizzly bears to buffalo, from the Sonoran desert to the fjords of British Columbia, from the tigers of Siberia to the blue sheep of Nepal.
Peacock was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a Lannan Fellow for his work on a new memoir about archeology, climate change and the peopling of North America.
He lectures regularly about wilderness and veterans issues, often at schools including, The Hotchkiss School, California Academy of Sciences, Scotts Community College in Iowa, Texas A&M, Middlebury College, University of Minnesota, Ohio University, University of Montana, The Thacher School, University of Kansas and many others.

Doug was the subject of a feature film about grizzlies and Vietnam, "Peacock's War", which premiered on PBS's Nature and the Discovery Channel, and won the grand prizes at the Telluride Mountainfilm and the Snowbird film festivals. He has appeared on television shows including the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Evening News, PM Magazine, Sesame Street, American Sportsman and Democracy Now.

Doug co-founded the Wildlife Damage Review, Vital Ground and Round River Conservation Studies, and is an active member of the board of directors for Round River Conservation Studies and the Raincoast Conservation Society, whose efforts are directed toward the conservation of large landscapes. Raincoast works primarily on the British Columbian coast, forging an alliance with First Nations to change logging practices, end salmon farming and trophy brown bear hunts. Round River labors on a larger scale, working with indigenous people and governments in Africa, North, South and Central America to develop region-wide conservation strategies protecting and enhancing intact ecosystems while simultaneously training college students, who perform much of the field work in environmental sciences.
For his service in Vietnam, Doug was awarded Soldier's Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Bronze Star. He lives in Emigrant, Montana.

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Scheduled events:
Jim Harrison Tribute: The Lawrence Clark Powell Memorial Lecture
When prolific author Jim Harrison passed away in Patagonia last March, he left behind a body of work—fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and food writing—that stand as a testament to his passion for the outdoors and his celebrated lust for life. Three longtime friends and literary luminaries in their own right share anecdotes and reminiscences, and reflect on Harrison’s life and times. The Lawrence Clark Powell Lecture annually celebrates an author who has made a notable contribution to the literature of the Southwest.

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Philip Caputo, Terry McDonell, Doug Peacock
Moderator: Tom Zoellner
Wild Thoughts from Wild Places: Man vs. Nature and the Future of Civilization
We clearly live in a world where humans affect all that we once called "natural." Extinction, climate change, pollution, environmental degradation, desertification--what does the future hold for man and nature? David Biello, Andrea Peacock and Doug Peacock will discuss the important role of wild areas and wildlife to human existence.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 155)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: David Biello, Andrea Peacock, Doug Peacock
Moderator: Kirk Astroth

Walking It Off: A Veteran's Chronicle of War and Wilderness
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
Lynx House Press
February 2017
ISBN 9780899241500
Paperback, 216 pages
$19.95, NYP
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Peacock's eagerly awaited tale brings us epic personalities, grizzly bears, the trauma of war, and wilderness adventure. More/less

Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
St. Martin's Press
November 1999
ISBN 9781849351409
Paperback, 200 pages
$15.00, INSTOCK
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Our climate is changing fast. The future is uncertain, probably fiery, and likely terrifying. More/less

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