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Mark Spitzer and Lea Graham Reading

  • Nightbird Books 205 West Dickson Street Fayetteville, AR, 72701 United States (map)

Enviromental writer Mark Spitzer, author of numerous fish books, and poet/travel writer Lea Graham will read from recent works. Spitzer, who has appeared on the Animal Planet series, River Monsters, is promoting his most recent book, Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West. Graham, a widely published poet who has traveled the world from Borneo to the Great Glen Way, will read from works that investigate memory and place.

Fisherman Mark Spitzer takes readers on an action-packed investigation of the most fierce and fearsome freshwater grotesques of the American West ever to inspire both hatred and fascination. Through the lenses of history, folklore, biology, ecology, and politics, Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West depicts the environmental destruction plaguing the most maligned creatures in our midst while subtly interweaving Spitzer's experiences of personal tragedy and self-discovery.

Join Spitzer as he noodles for flathead catfish in Oklahoma, snags paddlefish in Missouri, trotline- and electro-fishes American eels in Arkansas, studies razorback suckers in Arizona, bounty hunts for pikeminnows in Washington State, attends a burbot festival in Utah, stirs up Asian carp in Kansas, and breaks the state record for the largest yellow bullhead ever caught in Nebraska.

By examining freakish links in a vital chain and working with specialists in the field, Spitzer portrays a planet in environmental crisis and dispels the illusion that our actions don't result in long-term, toxic consequences. Spitzer offers models for fisheries and provides other sources of hope in this informative epic of redemption that ultimately celebrates the wild and resilient beauty and remaining possibilities of the American West.

Earlier Event: August 4
Writing Workshop and Book Study
Later Event: August 10
Mystery Book Club