SUNDANCE, UTAH (April, 2010)—Sundance Resort, in partnership with the Redford Center, presents its eighth year of its popular Tree Room Author Series. "This year's series features an eclectic array of outstanding authors to discuss the most timely and compelling issues of the day, as well as the timeless issues of finding meaning in life, relationships and human narrative," commented Lee Bycel, Redford Center Director.
On May 22, The Tree Room Author Series presents Shelton Johnson, author of "Gloryland." A broadly talented poet, author, park ranger and documentarian, Shelton Johnson was recently recognized for his exceptional service as a Yosemite National ranger with the Freeman Tilden Award, the highest given by the National Park Service for excellence in interpretation. He was featured extensively in Ken Burns' landmark documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," reflecting on his twenty years of experience working in parks nationwide, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Great Basin, and the National Mall.
In his recent novel, "Gloryland," Johnson confronts America's history with racism to follow a sharecropper's son from South Carolina to a career as a Buffalo Soldier with the U.S. Cavalry of the late 1800s. Deeply concerned with a general lack of racial diversity across the National Park System and with who will advocate for parks as the country's demographics shift in the coming decades, Johnson has worked to share the previously untold stories of diverse peoples in national parks. His goal through his writing is to foster a spiritual connection between African-Americans and the wilderness landscape.
In keeping with Sundance's spirit of community, this year's event features a reduced price to make this series more accessible and to foster a setting for creative ideas, voices and diversity. Tickets are now $75 and include the lecture and discussion, a signed copy of the author's book and brunch in the award winning Tree Room and gratuity. Alcohol is not included. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are available by calling the Sundance Resort at 866-734-4428.
For a complete list of 2010 Tree Room Author Series events, please visit www.sundanceresort.com.
ABOUT THE REDFORD CENTER
The Redford Center inspires positive social and environmental change through the arts, education and civil discourse. Our approach? Convene the operatives of change, nurture them and see what happens. Invite voices into the dialog that are not always included. Listen carefully. Find compelling storylines and skillful storytellers to create understanding and impact. Inspire innovation and action. Visit www.redfordcenter.org for more information.
ABOUT SUNDANCE RESORT
Nestled at the base of 12,000-foot Mt. Timpanogos, the Sundance Resort is a 5,000-acre destination resort, committed to maintaining the balance of art, nature and recreation. Sundance offers diverse mountain recreation experiences and encourages the cultivation of art and self-expression, as well as the preservation of the land. Created by Robert Redford, Sundance is a haven for discovery and inspiration, featuring 100 well-appointed cottages and homes consistent with the Sundance brand. The Sundance family of companies includes the Sundance Resort, Sundance Institute, Sundance Channel, Sundance Cinemas and Sundance Catalog. For more information on Sundance, call 801-225-4107 or visit our website, www.sundanceresort.com.