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Book Trails Heading West
an illustrated lecture with David Farmer
Members Event
Sunday, March 3rd

Talk: 3-4pm
 Wine & Cheese Reception: 4-5pm

Main Library, 145 Washington Ave, Southside Room

Join the Friends for a talk by Dr. Farmer, author, former Professor and Director of the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University, highlighting the works of writers who have captured and shaped the spirit and imagination of the Southwest - presented in the impressive Southwest Room at the Main Library. Dr. Farmer will illuminate the sheer beauty of language and the power of story-telling through the works of Ivan Doig, Linda Hogan, Ellen Meloy, Barry Lopez, Luis Urrea and Wallace Stegner. Click here for a reading list compiled by Dr. Farmer to accompany the talk. Meet and mingle at a reception following the presentation!

This program is for Friends members. Space is limited so please let us know you plan to attend by registering below. Not a member? Not a problem! Click below to join.

David Farmer was born in Austin and raised on his family's ranch in the Texas Hill Country.  It was on the F5 Ranch that his mother taught him and his brothers before they went away to high school. He became more interested in books than in rounding up sheep, goats, and cattle, so he set off for an academic career in rare books and teaching that took him to the University of Texas at Austin, and SMU, among other universities.

In 2001 Dr. Farmer retired after fifteen years as Director of DeGolyer Library at SMU where he was responsible for one of the major Western Americana libraries in the United States that included collections of early voyages and travels, Spain in the Americas, railroad history, the history of the Trans-Mississippi west, the history of Mexico, and photography.He has lectured widely on books and collecting, and his extensive writings include a critical edition of D. H. Lawrence’s novel, Women in Love, published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Farmer's most recent book, Willard Clark – Printer and Printmaker was republished in an expanded edition by the Museum of New Mexico Press in 2008. 

David is currently at work on a biography of Jack D. Rittenhouse to be published next year by UNM Press. David and his wife, Carol, live in Santa Fe. 

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