Award-winning author V.B. Price appears at the University of New Mexico Bookstore Thursday, Nov. 10 at noon to discuss and sign copies of his new book The Orphaned Land: New Mexico's Environment Since the Manhattan Project (UNM Press). The event is open to the public.

Hazardous wastes, munitions testing, radioactive emissions and a variety of other issues affect the quality of land, water and air in the Land of Enchantment, as they do worldwide. Price has assembled a vast amount of information on more than 50 years of deterioration of the state's environment, most of it previously available only in scattered newspaper articles and government reports. Viewing N.M. as a microcosm of global ecological degradation, Price's is the first book to give the general public a realistic perspective on the problems surrounding N.M.'s environmental health and resources.

Price is an award-winning poet, human rights and environmental columnist, editor, journalist, architectural critic and teacher. He is a member of the faculty in UNM's University Honors Program where he teaches seminars on Greek and Roman literature in translation, urban issues, the U.S. Constitution and world poetry. He is also an adjunct associate professor at UNM's School of Architecture and Planning.

For more information, contact Lani Tyler at 277-7473 or e-mail to