Thurston to receive honorary degree from Acadia University

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Harry Thurston will be honoured by Acadia University next Monday with an honorary doctor of literature during spring convocation ceremonies.

WOLFVILLE – Cumberland author and naturalist Harry Thurston will be honoured by Acadia University during spring convocation ceremonies on Monday.

Thurston will be presented a doctor of literature.

“Convocation exemplifies the unique experience that small schools such as Acadia provide,” university president Ray Ivany said. “It is at once an acknowledgement of the considerable effort expanded by our students to chart their individual courses through to graduation, and celebrates also their ability to then carry on and make their mark in the world as engaged citizens and community leaders.

“Similarly, our distinguished honorary degree recipients embody these characteristics and it is both an honour and a pleasure to have the join us for this year’s convocation ceremonies.”

Thurston is a prolific author and dedicated environmentalist. He has published more than 20 books of poetry and non-fiction and has been a contributor to numerous North American magazines specializing in environmental issues and natural history.

He is a four-time winner of the Evelyn Richardson Prize for the best non-fiction book by a Nova Scotian and has also received the Dartmouth Book Award and Atlantic Booksellers’ Choice Award for Tidal Life, A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy.

A Place Between the Tides, A Naturalist’s Reflection on the Salt Marsh was a finalist for the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize and winner of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award in the United States.

His latest book, The Atlantic Coast, A Natural History, received the 2011 Lane Anderson Award for the best science book in Canada.

 

Organizations: Acadia University, North American

Geographic location: Bay of Fundy, United States, Atlantic Coast Canada

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