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October 20, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Steven RinellaAuthor Steven Rinella Presents Forum on the American Buffalo

POULTNEY, VT—Green Mountain College hosts author Steve Rinella, author of American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, for a free public lecture Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7-8:30 p.m. in The East Room of Withey Hall.

Rinella’s book recounts his adventure in 2005, when he won one of 24 permits to hunt wild buffalo by lottery in Alaska. The story is ostensibly about killing a bison and single-handedly getting it back to civilization "while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia.” Rinella uses the story as a framework for a meditation on the animal's natural history and iconic status in our national culture. He goes into detail about how the buffalo was nearly hunted to extinction in America, a history that caused conflict for Rinella when it was time for his own hunt to begin.

A review by Very Short List reads: "The great virtue of Steven Rinella's American Buffalo is that mythic resonance against hard ecological realities brought on by the animal's resurgent population. The book reads like an old-fashioned adventure story."

Rinella is also the author of The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine and is a correspondent for Outside magazine, where he's been a frequent contributor since 2000. His writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The New Yorker,, Mens Journal, Field and Stream, The Week, American Heritage, Bowhunter, Flyfisherman and Glamour, as well as the anthologies Best American Travel Writing and Best Food Writing. A native of Twin Lake, Mich., he lives in New York.

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