Craving the summer warmth and dreaming about fishing the trout streams? Don’t despair. You can soak up the fishing and outdoors atmosphere this month while staying toasty warm! One of Decorah’s independent bookstores, Dragonfly Books, is hosting two northeast Iowa authors this January for an evening of stories, dialogue, readings, and refreshments.
Jeffery Skeate and Larry Reis, both active members of Trout Unlimited, have fished together catching gigantic trout (in addition to a lot of smaller fish), and are now sharing their fishing (and outdoor) stories during this cold winter month. Their respective books are rooted in the people and the places of northeast Iowa.
Skeate’s two books, Familiar World and Riverweather, are collections of writings Skeate did for the local Trout Unlimited website, in addition to new material. Published by northeast Iowa’s independent publisher Sattre Press, Skeate uses a combination of poetry, prose, and photography in sharing his experiences as a fly fisher in the Driftless Region. Skeate was the owner of Skeate Books, a former Decorah independent bookstore.
Reis, the author of Noting Nature and Once a Trapper, is a well-recognized figure in northeast Iowa, having led nature tours throughout his twenty-five plus years work in Winneshiek County parks as a naturalist. Reis draws on his knowledge as a naturalist in Noting Nature, and tracks the lives of plants, animals, and humans in northeast Iowa. In Once a Trapper: The Outdoor Life of Dale Reis (my dad), Larry looks at his father’s wide variety of hunting and trapping experiences as one of the last men of the prairie pioneer period.
Don’t let this evening be the ‘one that got away!’ Join these two writers, fishermen, and naturalists at Dragonfly Books on Thursday evening, January 16th at 7 pm. Check out Dragonfly Books on facebook or Events @ Dragonfly Books to stay informed of upcoming events!