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The River Why-- Treasure Valley Events

28 Feb 2017 8:26 AM | Jim Kazakoff (Administrator)

Read Me Treasure Valley has selected the novel The River Why by David James Duncan for this year's book.   The River Why, published in 1983, tells the tale of a young fly fisherman who retreats to a secluded cabin on a riverbank. Isolation unsettles the angler, opening up a wider journey of self-discovery and spirituality.  The book was selected because of a resonance with Boise Valley residents with rivers, and the outdoor space.

In association with this book selection, a large number of events are occurring, including a visit to Boise by the author.  For a complete list and description see the schedule at Read Me Treasure Valley.

A few of the scheduled events:

  • The Tiny Things That Run a River — 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Ada Community Library Victory Branch, 10664 W. Victory Rd., Boise. David Hopper, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Boise, will talk about the aquatic invertebrates that inspire fly-tying design and how they help shape the river in which they live.

  • Fly Tying  March 1

  • Wild Idaho-- Fishing Spots  March 1
    Presented by Tom Claycomb

  • The Wilderness: Why? — 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, Idaho Outdoor Association, 3401 Brazil St, Boise. Author and Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker examines the place of wildness and spirituality in literature, in the human experience and in his own life.

  • Mastering the Art of Fly Fishing:  A Life-Time Learning Experience  March 4
    Presented by BVFF member Gary Green

  • Fly Fishing, Friendship & Fun  March 9
    Presented by WFFI and BVFF members Judy Tallada and Patti Bantam.

  • Trout Grass (The Film)  April 4

  • Fishing for the Good Life: Conservation, Meaning, and Relations in ‘The River Why’ — 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, Library! @ Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise. Gregory McElwain, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies at the College of Idaho, explores the novel’s philosophical themes, including on conservation, social relations, spirituality and the search for meaning.

    An Evening with David James Duncan — 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, Pioneer Room at JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise. "The River Why" author, fly fisher and practitioner of what he calls “direct, small-scale compassion-activism,” will talk about river adventures, writings, fish stories, friendships, conservation victories, great films and "one lousy Hollywood movie” inspired in whole or in part by his novel.

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