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Sturgeon Reach

Shifting Currents At The Heart of the Fraser

by Terry Glavin & Ben Parfitt

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5 of 5
2 ratings
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list price: $19.00
edition:Paperback
category: Nature
published: Nov 2012
ISBN:9781554200603
publisher: New Star Books
imprint: Transmontanus
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Sturgeon Reach is the name some have given to a stretch of the Fraser River between Hope and Pitt Meadows, where its flow slows, and it deposits the gravel it's been carrying from the province's interior. Its story is one of rocks and stones, from its geological origins, from the mythic beginnings of human settlement, and from the arrival of Simon Fraser through to the onslaught of dykes and roads and bridges and foundations that today threaten the river's essential nature. Sturgeon Reach hosts an incredible array of life, from giant black cottonwoods to a creature that dates from the age of dinosaurs — the remarkable white sturgeon. This stretch of river is the spawning ground for major salmon runs. And for millennia, it has also been the home of the Sto:lo Indians. How can we now live well along a river that has a ceaseless desire to overflow its banks and set its own course? How can we allow the life that the river's character fosters to persist in the face of overwhelming development? In the 20th book in the Transmontanus series, Terry Glavin and Ben Parfitt explore Sturgeon Reach — its geography, its history, its critical role in the coastal ecosystem, and the compelling story it tells about competing human needs.

About the Authors
Terry Glavin is the author of six books and the co-author of four, traversing a variety of subjects from anthropology to natural history. He has won more than a dozen literary and journalism awards, including the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, and in 2009 was the recipient of the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. His writing appears regularly in newspapers, magazines and online publications as diverse as Democratiya (New York), Lettre Internationale (Berlin), the National Post, Canadian Geographic and The Tyee. He is a founding member of the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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Terry Glavin is the author of six books and the co-author of four, traversing a variety of subjects from anthropology to natural history. He has won more than a dozen literary and journalism awards, including the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, and in 2009 was the recipient of the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. His writing appears regularly in newspapers, magazines and online publications as diverse as Democratiya (New York), Lettre Internationale (Berlin), the National Post, Canadian Geographic and The Tyee. He is a founding member of the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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Contributor Notes

Terry Glavin is a well-known author and winner of the Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Literature in 2009. He is the author of many books, several of which have been finalists for the Governor-General's Award and the BC Book Prizes. The Last Great Sea won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. His books include A Death Feast in Dimlahamid (1990), Nemiah: The Unconquered Country (1992), A Ghost In the Water (1994), This Ragged Place (1996), The Last Great Sea (2000), and Waiting For the Macaws (2006).

Victoria-based freelance writer Ben Parfitt is the author of Forestopia: A Practical Guide to the New Forest Economy (1994) and Forest Follies: Adventures and Misadventures In the Great Canadian Forest (1998)

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Sturgeon Reach: Shifting Currents At The Heart of the Fraser

The title refers to a stretch of BC’s Fraser River between Hope and Mission, an area that has been home to human settlements for thousands of years. In this Transmontanus series title, the authors demonstrate the importance of this ancient river and the land along its banks, citing its significance as a breeding ground for many species of fish as well as its rich history, both anthropologically and archeologically. Looking back 20 million years to the river’s birth, they bring readers up to the 21st century and our ceaseless demands for gravel from the river for construction, which is causing floods and habitat loss on the river itself and in the surrounding land.

Parfitt has received a Jack Webster Award for Journalism. Glavin has earned the Hubert Evans Award for Non-Fiction and the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2013-2014.

Association of Book Publishers of BC
Librarian review

Sturgeon Reach: Shifting Currents at the Heart of the Fraser

The title refers to a stretch of BC’s Fraser River between Hope and Mission, an area that has been home to human settlements for thousands of years. In this Transmontanus series title, the authors demonstrate the importance of this ancient river and the land along its banks, citing its significance as a breeding ground for many species of fish as well as its rich history, both anthropologically and archeologically. Looking back 20 million years to the river’s birth, they bring readers up to the 21st century and our ceaseless demands for gravel from the river for construction, which is causing floods and habitat loss on the river itself and in the surrounding land.

Parfitt has received a Jack Webster Award for Journalism. Glavin has earned the Hubert Evans Award for Non-Fiction and the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2013-2014.

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