Jack Nisbet Book Signing
Chat with Jack Nisbet at his signing 1-3, or enjoy his reading and presentation at Leavenworth Library at 6:30 PM Oct 23.
Spokane-based teacher, naturalist, historian and author Jack Nisbet is the author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Intermountain West, including the story collection Purple Flat Top and Singing Grass Burning Sage, an illustrated exploration of the flora and fauna of the dry side of the Cascade Range. His essay collection Visible Bones won awards from the Washington State Library Association and the Seattle Times, and his highly regarded Sources of the River received the Murray Morgan Prize from the Washington State Historical Society. Nisbet’s The Collector: David Douglas was a PNBA Book of the year, and Nisbet now curates a museum exhibit connecting Douglas’s vision to the Northwest landscape we see today.
In Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest, Jack Nisbet uncovers touchstones across the Pacific Northwest that reveal the symbiotic relationship of people and place in this corner of the world. In these essays, specific Northwest places — the track of ice-age floods, fossil beds of the Okanogan Highlands, traditional native fishing grounds at Kettle Falls — become central characters. From rural Oregon, where a controversy brewed over the ownership of a meteor, to the great floods 15,000 years ago that shaped what is now Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, this is a compelling collection of stories about the natural and human history of our region.
“Through a half-dozen or more books, Jack Nisbet has shown himself to be an astute interpreter of Pacific Northwest history, an insightful naturalist and an excellent storyteller. Two of his earlier books, Sources of the River and The Collector, brought the epic work of explorer David Thompson and naturalist David Douglas into contemporary focus. [In] his new book of lively essays, Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest …[Nisbet focuses on] landscape and its pivotal role in the history of the region …[with] a scientist’s curiosity, an artist’s eye for detail and a writer’s sense of what shapes a good story” – The Seattle Times