A Boundary Waters History: Canoeing Across Time

A Boundary Waters History: Canoeing Across Time

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by Stephen Wilbers
     
 

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Teasing out the history of a place celebrated for timelessness--where countless paddle strokes have disappeared into clear waters--requires a sure and attentive hand. Stephen Wilbers's account reaches back to the glaciers that first carved out the Boundary Waters and to the original inhabitants, as well as to generations of wilderness explorers, both past and present.… See more details below

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Teasing out the history of a place celebrated for timelessness--where countless paddle strokes have disappeared into clear waters--requires a sure and attentive hand. Stephen Wilbers's account reaches back to the glaciers that first carved out the Boundary Waters and to the original inhabitants, as well as to generations of wilderness explorers, both past and present. He does so without losing the personal relationship built through a lifetime of pilgrimages (anchored by almost three decades of trips with his father). This story captures the untold broader narrative of the region as well as a thousand different details sure to be recognized by fellow pilgrims, like the grinding rhythm of a long portage or the loon call that slips into that last moment before sleep.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016631448
Publisher:
The History Press, Inc.
Publication date:
04/03/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
878,090
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen Wilbers grew up playing in the woods with his brothers and friends. When he was old enough to go canoeing with the Boy Scouts in Canada, he went. He'll always remember the good times he had canoeing with his dad in the Boundary Waters.
He has published more than eight hundred columns on effective writing in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Orange County Register and other newspapers. He has collected some of those columns into two books, Writing for Business (winner of a 1994 Minnesota Book Award) and Writing by Wilbers, now available as an e-book. His book on stylistic technique, Keys to Great Writing, has been described as "a writing class in a book." This Northern Nonsense: Ernest Oberholtzer and Mallard Island, his chapbook of poems about the gentle giant who helped save the Boundary Waters Canoe Area from development, was published in October 2009 by Red Dragonfly Press.

He is currently writing a sequel to A Boundary Waters History: Canoeing Across Time (tentatively titled Canoeing Across Time: A Sawbill Log), as well as a Boundary Waters guidebook with Bill Hansen. In addition, he is writing a comic novel, A Grammatical Affair: A Romance with Language, which offers a review of common writing errors and stylistic technique in the form of a sexy, wildly romantic, heartbreaking, sappy love story.

He earned his BA at Vanderbilt University and his MA and PhD at the University of Iowa, where he wrote a history of the Iowa Writers' Workshop for his dissertation, which was published by the University of Iowa Press. He was a visiting Fulbright fellow at the University of Essex in Colchester, England. At the University of Minnesota, he directed Student Academic Support Services in the College of Liberal Arts before serving as associate director of the Program in Creative and Professional Writing.

He and his wife, Debbie, live in Minneapolis and have two grown children, Eddy and Kate, who is married to Markus. A proud member of the Loft Literary Center since 1981, he served as the Loft board chair from 2007 to 2009.

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