Frozen Oregon Coast


One of the real gifts of having a book published, I am finding, is that it provides a path to hanging out with people I don’t get to see enough. In this case, author, fishing guide and good friend, John Larison. (If you’re a fan of fiction set in the Pacific Northwest like I am, I recommend Larison’s novels Northwest of Normal and Holding Lies.)

This week I hit the road to Corvallis, Oregon, for a couple of book events (more on that later) but I was really looking forward to some time with John. We had a wonderful dinner of bear and elk burgers, along with some smoked duck and goose breast I brought along for appetizers, at his house Tuesday night when I arrived in town. What a meal! Then the visit got even better–we spent Wednesday fishing.

With water temps in the low 30s, fishing was predictably slow. But it hardly mattered. We had brilliant sunshine on one of the rivers I fished as a kid, and plenty of time to talk about books, writing and fish. A perfect mix of conversation subjects and camaraderie, along with nostalgia for time spent here long ago. I can’t even begin to express how much I enjoyed the day. Thanks, John.

Then it was back to town and the treacherous, icy roads for two book events in one night…(to be continued)



Hello Willamette Valley


This Wednesday, December 11th, I will be back in my old stomping grounds (I grew up in Corvallis) for a book event double-header, presented by the Calapooia Watershed Council, Greenbelt Land Trust, Ten Rivers Food Web, Bluebacks Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Albany Public Library:

6:00-7:30pm Albany Public Library. I will read from and discuss Closer to the Ground with novelist John Larison, followed by question/answer session and book signing. Most likely topics of conversation: Foraging, conservation, kids in the outdoors, wild food, importance of  place, etc. We’ll also have books for sale in case you need a copy or two for holiday gifts.

8:00pm-??:?? Cascadia Fly Shop. We’ll pack up in Albany and hightail it back to Corvallis for a more informal–and fish-centric–talk at the fly shop. I have some new, fishier writings to read and will talk about fishing, conservation and anything else anyone wants to discuss. Followed by book sales and signing. I also hear they have beer.

So…if you’re in the area, please come on out to one or both of the events. Good excuse to get out of the house after this long, chilly week, and you can knock off some items from your shopping list while you’re at it.

Or just come out to listen and talk. Either way, I’m looking forward to meeting you in person. Hope you are all well.

Holiday Book Events


Warning: Shameless self-promtional message to follow. Have I mentioned that Closer to the Ground makes a perfect gift for anyone who reads? Or eats? Or loves the outdoors, or has kids, or grandkids? Or breathes? Ha! If you’d like a signed–or better yet, personalized and inscribed–copy of Closer to the Ground for the holidays, I will be at the following locations over the next month or so:

November 30th, 3:00-5:00pm, Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island, WA. This is a great event, created by Sherman Alexie, to promote holiday shopping at independent bookstores. Local authors will work as guest booksellers, give recommendations and sign books. It’s an honor to be a part of the fun. Come on down, meet some famous authors (and me) and help support our local indie bookstore.

December 6th, 5:00-8:00pm, Charrette Holiday Pop-Up Store, 130 Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island, WA. Charrette features a collection of local and regional artists and their creations. Products range from artisanal chocolates to jewelry, fine art and lamp shades. Pretty much one-stop shopping for everyone on your list. I will be there signing books for the First Friday Art Walk.

December 11th, 6:00-7:30pm, Albany Public Library, Albany, OR. I will be giving a talk, reading from Closer to the Ground and signing books at this cool event presented by the Greenbelt Land Trust, Calapooia Watershed Council, Ten Rivers Food Web and the Albany Public Library.

December 11th, 8:00-??:??pm, Cascadia Fly Shop, Corvallis, OR. Fish stories, fly tying, book talk and signing presented by the Bluebacks Chapter of Trout Unlimited, all in my old home town. If that’s not enough incentive, I hear they’ll have beer on tap at this event.

I think that’s about it for now. I will try to remember to post reminders as the events get closer. If you have the time, come on out to one or more of the events. It’ll be great to meet you in person and shoot the breeze. And here’s an idea: Buy 20 copies of the book, have me inscribe each with a personalized inscription, and BOOM! You’re done with your holiday shopping for the year. At least now I can tell my publisher I tried…