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Local author returns for the launch of her new book 'Big River'

By Contributor
May 14th, 2024

Local author Eileen Delehanty Pearkes and award-winning photographer David Moskowitz will launch a spellbinding new book about the international Columbia River basin at 7 p.m. on June 1 at the Nelson Museum.

This is the first of several launch events across the Pacific Northwest.

Big River: Resilience and Renewal in the Columbia Basin illuminates the hydrogeology, beauty, and activity of the Columbia River, while also highlighting current challenges facing the region, and the riverkeepers working on sustainable solutions. Through rich and comprehensive images of the land, river and people, and micro-interviews from diverse voices across the region, Big River explores the international Columbia River Basin as a single living, inter-dependent entity.

The evening will include a multimedia presentation by Pearkes and Moskowitz, a question-and-answer session, a book signing, and special guest speakers. The event is free and open to the public.

Pearkes is well-known for her oeuvre, including The Geography of Memory, a detailed history of the Sinixt people; A River Captured; and Heart of a River, an illustrated poem about the Columbia.

Her 2015 Nelson Museum exhibition Roll on Columbia received the Canadian Museum Association’s prize for excellence. Pearkes also served as the City of Nelson’s Cultural Ambassador in 2017.

Photographer, author, wildlife biologist, and tracker David Moskowitz is the author of Caribou Rainforest, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, and Wolves in the Land of Salmon, and coauthor of Peterson’s Field Guide to North American Bird Nests.

His work has been featured in the New York Times, Sierra, High Country News, and Audubon Magazine, as well as by organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation, Endangered Species Coalition, and Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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