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Local Author Recounts Journey Across Oregon in Salem

William L. Sullivan "An endearing, engaging writer" - The New York Times

Award-winning author William L. Sullivan
Award-winning author William L. Sullivan
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(SALEM, Ore.) - Award-winning author William L. Sullivan presents a slide show tour of his 1,361 mile solo backpacking trek across Oregon in the summer of 1985, as the Straub Environmental Lecture Series continues on November 29th. The program begins at 7:00 PM at Loucks Auditorium in the Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty Street.

The slide show covers Sullivan’s trek from Oregon’s westernmost shore at Cape Blanco to Oregon’s easternmost point in Hell’s Canyon. His journal of the two-month adventure, Listening for Coyote, was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission in 2005 as one of the 100 most significant books in Oregon’s history.

A native of Salem, Sullivan is the author of a dozen books and numerous articles about Oregon hiking, history and adventure. Sullivan’s journal Cabin Fever tells the story of the log cabin he and his wife built by hand on a roadless stretch of the Siletz River. Sullivan is the son of retired Statesman Journal editor Wes Sullivan.

The presentation is free and open to the public through support in part from the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District and the Charla Richards-Kreitzberg Charitable Foundation.

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For more information, contact the Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center at 503-391-4145 or visit

The Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center is a Salem-based, non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education.

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