Good to be back in the beautiful pages of The Flyfish Journal, one of my all-time favorite publications. Especially with some cool shots from my buddy Tim Romano, and in the same issue as another buddy, the poet Cameron Scott. When you add in excellent words from Steve Duda, the pictures of and from Kate Taylor, more images from Dave McCoy, Reid Curry and Copi Vojta…this issue feels like a print reunion of friends. It’s an honor to be at the party. Check it out if you can.
After two book tours and countless other talks and readings, I can say without reservation that Wednesday night was one of those times when it all comes together. Great crew of readers on top of their game, engaged audience, beautiful venue, fun people to hang with, and high spirits. And beer. It was an honor, and my good luck, to be a part of it.
From left, that’s Jason Rolfe (WOTF instigator and MC), Kate Taylor, Cameron Scott, me, Cameron Chambers, Copi Vojta (WOTF photo exhibit curator), and Steve Duda. Kate did a beautiful reading of her story, “The Road Goes On Forever”, Scott gave me goosebumps with “Scout Captions” and other poems from The Book of Cold Mountain, Chambers made us all laugh with a new story about getting lost and excerpts from his book Chasing Rumor, and Duda had us laughing and crying with his heartfelt story about cliff swallows and an ode to all the flies dangling from the dashboard of his truck.
I drove home exhausted, voiceless (literally) and, for the first time in quite a while, inspired to get back to work on my novel. A huge and heartfelt thank you to Rolfe for inviting me to read, to everyone who was there to make it a fantastic night, and to tour sponsors Patagonia and The Flyfish Journal. Note: The WOTF Cascadia Tour continues–without me–tonight in Bellingham and tomorrow in Vancouver, BC. Wish I could be there.
Check it out: Based on the fantastic response to Writers On The Fly events in Seattle, Jason Rolfe, the man behind WOTF, is taking the show on the road. And I’m lucky enough to be a part of two of the shows. In Portland, November 2nd (Patagonia Portland, 7:00pm), I will read with Cameron Scott, Cameron Chambers, Steve Duda and my great friend–and fellow Patagonia ambassador–Kate Taylor. In Seattle, November 3rd (Emerald Water Anglers, 7:00pm), with Langdon Cook, Steve Duda, Cameron Chambers and Michael Doherty.
The tour supports local conservation organizations and I think it’s going to be a ton of fun. Post-event antics to follow as well, I’m sure. Details on the poster above or on the web HERE.
Come on out, listen to some stories, drink beer and hang. Kind of like fish camp, only indoors. Sounds like a pretty awesome evening to me.
A quick view from the “stage” at Georgetown Brewery last week, where a sold-out house packed in to enjoy the awesome beer, eat fantastic food (courtesy of Kevin Davis and the Steelhead Diner) and listen to Jack Berryman, Cameron Scott, John Larison and me read. That’s Jason Rolfe (Writers on the Fly founder) revving up the crowd for Larison’s (back of the head, foreground) beautiful and moving performance.
What an evening! The other readers flat-out blew me away with their work, and it was uplifting to feel the vibe of support–for the readers, and for wild steelhead conservation. Huge thanks to G-Town Brewing, Kevin Davis, Jason Rolfe, Dave McCoy, my fellow readers, and everyone who came out to make it a great event. It was a hell of a party.
The highlight for me, though, was the opportunity to hang out with my good friend Larison. Awesome guy and incredible writer, steelhead angler, hunter and father. Big inspiration for me. Watch out for his new novel–it’s going to be HUGE–and well-deserved mainstream literary recognition in the coming year. I’m just happy us fish people had him to ourselves this night.
The last few weeks have been a mad scramble for me, with work deadlines, kids playing two sports each, and trying to use any spare moments (Ha! He said “spare moments.”) to work on a new book. All great stuff, just a lot of it. So not much fishing, foraging or food to report today.
But I did want to post this flyer: John Larison (in a rare Seattle appearance), Cameron Scott and I will be reading and talking about fish, fishing, conservation and writing at a fundraiser for Wild Steelhead Coalition. I think it’s going to be an awesome time–details on the poster–and we hope you can join us. Did I mention it’s at the Georgetown Brewery? Tasty beverages and good times guaranteed to roll.