Bragg to speak on travel

Bragg to speak on travel

Alpine Living staff members hiked through the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park in the Pyrenees Mountains in spring 2013 while producing content for the Spain issue that year. Photo Courtesy of Anna Rae Gwarjanski

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“Professor Bragg has been so gracious to offer his time again for Alpine Living’s benefit,” said Anna Rae Gwarjanski, managing editor at 
Alpine Living.

Bragg’s lecture will likely cover a broad range of topics related to 
writing and travel.

“He is incredibly well-traveled and his storytelling abilities are second to none,” Gwarjanski said. “When I first heard him speak two years ago as a fundraiser for Alpine Living’s Spain edition, I was spellbound. I took notes, not for class, but because I didn’t want to forget any of the stories he told.”

Alpine Living began as a project for upperclassman journalism students to showcase their skills in one polished body of work. The resulting publication represents many years of hard work and dedication and focuses on a different region around the Alps every other year. The magazine has currently printed five editions. This year’s Alpine Living will focus on the U.K., specifically the London, England and 
Wales regions.

“It costs a lot of money to print this magazine,” said Collin Curry, assistant outdoor life editor for the magazine.

Gwarjanski said the cost to print the next edition of the magazine is 
expected to be around $10,000.

At $5 per student with identification and $10 for adults, the staff members said they hope to put a dent in this hefty sum through ticket sales to the lecture. Alpine Living is totally self-supporting, financing itself through fundraisers and corporate sponsorship from community businesses 
and institutions.

Bragg, a professor of writing at the University, has just returned from an Alabama book signing tour for his newest book, “Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story.” His most famous book, “All Over But the Shoutin’,” is a memoir about his upbringing in Alabama and his journey into the world of journalism. Prior to teaching at The University of Alabama, Bragg wrote for the New York Times.

“Any support students, faculty or just Rick Bragg fans in general could give us would make a huge difference in publishing our magazine,” 
Gwarjanski said.

The event is open to the anyone, and more information can be found at Alpine Living’s Facebook and 
Twitter @AlpineLiving.