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Book Club --- In The Watershed: A Journey Down The Maumee River

Author Ryan Schnurr will facilitate this session of the Book Club!

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Book Club --- In The Watershed: A Journey Down The Maumee River
Book Club --- In The Watershed: A Journey Down The Maumee River

Time & Location

Jul 28, 2023, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Fort Wayne, The Dirt Wain Garden, 1701 Bayer Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46805, USA

About the event

Read Ryan Schnurr's book In The Watershed: A Journey Down The Maumee River. We will discuss the book with Ryan. Bring a lawn chair. We don't have chairs at the Dirt Wain Garden. 

About the book:

For years, Ryan Schnurr, editor at Belt Magazine, watched media coverage of Lake Erie algae blooms with a growing sense of unease. An Indiana native, he wanted to learn more about the role the Maumee River—Lake Erie’s largest tributary and the center of the region’s largest watershed—played in the lake's environmental woes. So in the summer of 2016, he walked and canoed the length of the river from its headwaters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to its mouth in Toledo, Ohio. As he traverses the waters and banks like a modern-day Thoreau, Schnurr walks us through:

  • The history of the river, including its formation by glaciers
  • Its function in Native American and American history
  • How industrialization changed it
  • How current economic and environmental forces are still shaping it today.

Part cultural history, part nature writing, and part personal narrative, In the Watershed is a lyrical work of nonfiction in the vein of John McPhee, Edward Abbey, and Ian Frazier with a timely and important warning at the core. "What is happening in Lake Erie," Schnurr tells us, "is a disaster by nearly any measure―ecologically, economically, socially, culturally."

A slim but pressing travelogue for readers who are interested in nature writing at its most local level.

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