Outdoor Conversations Author Series
The Outdoor Conversations Series shines a spotlight on authors who connect readers with the wilderness. Discover new writers both fiction and non-fiction that will take you places you've never dreamed about and meet others who want to journey with you.
This series meets on the Third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in January, February, March, April, May, July, September, October and November
This month we are hosting Jo Deurbrouck, author of Anything Worth Doing. Ms. Deurbrouck's talk will encompass advocacy, love of rivers, and the necessity of adventure.
Award winning author Jo Deurbrouck worked as a whitewater raft guide for twelve seasons, mostly in Idaho, which bills itself “The Whitewater State” or sometimes “The Wild Rivers State.” She has contributed to the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Paddler Magazine, and other publications. She holds a M.A. in English from Boise State University. She lives in Idaho Falls with her husband and two dogs.
Deurbrouck was awarded a 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for her third book, “Anything Worth Doing” (Sundog), a true story that celebrates wild rivers via the lives and adventures of two raft guides named Jon Barker and Clancy Reece. Here’s what the awards committee had to say about it:
“In this highly creative and exceptionally well written account, Deurbrouck traces the lives of these two men: one an aging, bear of a man [Reece], a Vietnam era veteran and sometimes recluse river guide whose past includes boxing and ballet dancing; and the other a fit, young man [Barker], a rising star among river runners, full of ideas and ambitions. You’ll find yourself glued to the pages as Deurbrouck deftly steers the narrative to a building climax. This is an impressive piece of work and a welcomed addition to river literature and lore.”
The adventures detailed in “Anything Worth Doing” center on Idaho’s Salmon River, the last long undammed wilderness whitewater river in the lower 48 states and one of few remaining in the world. Not only is the 425 mile-long Salmon undammed, so are all its major tributaries. The result is a rare, natural ecosystem, a wild landscape, a haven for anadromous fish, and a river that runs amok every highwater spring, creating—among other things--the opportunities Reece and his friend Barker seek.