Outdoor adventure, food writer Steven Rinella to give campus reading

September 29, 2010

Steven Rinella, author of "The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine and American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon," will be featured in the Creative Writer’s Speaker Series at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Rinella will give a public reading at 6 p.m. in the college’s Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel. A reception for him will begin one-half hour prior to the reading; both events are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available at the college’s Junker Center.

Rinella is a correspondent for Outside magazine, where he’s been a frequent contributor since 2000. His writing has appeared in many other publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Salon.com, Field and Stream, American Heritage, and Glamour, as well as in the anthologies The Best American Travel Writing and The Best Food Writing.

The author's "American Buffalo" “is one part Hemingway sparseness, and one part anthropological history of buffalo hunting over the past few thousand years,” reads a review in Men’s Journal magazine. “Rinella's mission, which ends with him successfully tracking, killing, skinning and eating a wild buffalo, is a survival story reminiscent of 'Into the Wild,' minus the tragic ending (well, the buffalo might disagree). Peppered with side treks to Oxford DNA research labs and archaeological digs, the book is a wildly entertaining journey of self-discovery, as well as an adventurous and educational tribute to a great American animal that still lives in the wild, however barely.”

Penn State Behrend’s annual Creative Writer’s Speaker Series is produced by the college’s bachelor of fine arts in creative writing degree program with support from the Clarence A. and Eugenie Baumann Smith Fund.

For more information about the series, phone the Penn State Behrend School of Humanities and Social Sciences at 814-898-6108.

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Last Updated October 06, 2010