Peter Matthiessen to receive the 2013 Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing.
Matthiessen is a three-time National Book Award-winning American novelist, non-fiction writer and prominent environmental activist. His books include The Snow Leopard, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, and Shadow Country, a revision of his Watson trilogy that the New York Review of Books hails as
''... brilliantly told, not just a tour de force in its stylistic range, but a great American novel, as powerful a reading experience as nearly any in our literature. A bravura performance, at once history, fiction, and myth — as well as the capstone to the career of one of the most admired and admirable writers of our time.''