Sea Win­ter Salmon au­thor in Knowl­ton Satur­day

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and photographer Mari Hill Harpur, who grad­u­ated from Bishop’s Univer­sity in 1971 with a BA, will be at the Au­thors for Indies event at Brome Lake Books, this Satur­day be­tween 10:00 am and noon, to launch the French lan­guage ver­sion of Sea Win­ter Salmon, en­ti­tled Les Pelerins de la riv­iere Saint-Jean.

For the past twenty-five years Mari and her hus­band have man­aged the fam­ily fish­ing camp on the St. John River on the Lower North Shore on the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. The lower part of this river was leased and sub­se­quently pur­chased by Mari’s great-grand­fa­ther the rail­way mag­nate James J. Hill in 1899. This is the story of that par­tic­u­lar river and the peo­ple who have been touched by its magic. Through­out the book are il­lus­tra­tions, pho­to­graphs and doc­u­ments that tell the true and hon­est story about how a river strug­gles to sup­port its habi­tat. Con­tem­po­rary stud­ies show the de­cline in the Salmon salar’s pop­u­la­tion. In a world where fish pop­u­la­tions and marine habi­tats are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly marginal­ized, this book re­flects on these phe­nom­ena us­ing sci­en­tific and pho­to­graphic data col­lected over a hun­dred year pe­riod. For any­one with an in­ter­est in Que­bec’s his­tory, fly-fish­ing and a river’s ecol­ogy, this is a tale worth ex­plor­ing.

Mari Hill Harpur has been a Di­rec­tor with the World Forestry Cen­ter since 1995, serv­ing as its Chair from 2003 to 2006.

Sea Win­ter Salmon tells the story of the Saint John River, the At­lantic Salmon that live in it, and a fam­ily that has been pro­tect­ing the area for over one hun­dred years.

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Au­thor Mari Hill Harpur will be at the Au­thors for Indies event at Brome Lake Books, Satur­day, to launch Les

Pelerins de la riv­iere Saint-Jean.

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