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March 11, 2011

UI Press releases 'In Earshot of Water' March 16

The Sightline Books series of the University of Iowa Press will release "In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau" by Paul Lindholdt on March 16.

Exploring both the literal and literary sense of place, with particular emphasis on environmental issues and politics in the far Northwest, Lindholdt weds passages from the journals of Lewis and Clark, the log of Captain James Cook, the novelized memoir of Theodore Winthrop, and Bureau of Reclamation records growing from the paintings that the agency commissioned to publicize its dams in the 1960s and 1970s, to tell ecological and personal histories of the region.

Whether the subject is the plants that grow there, the animals that live there, the rivers that run there, or the people he has known there, Lindholdt -- part naturalist, part ecologist, part environmental apologist, part personal essayist -- illuminates the Pacific Northwest in vivid detail.

Philip Connors, the author of "Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout," wrote, "As it moves from the personal to the social, historical, and environmental aspects of the northwestern landscape, Paul Lindholdt's 'In Earshot of Water' beguiles and teaches. Lindholdt's prose is a pleasure to read, and his personal presence is palpable but never intrusive. It is a tough trick, what he's done, and I admire it.

"The book ought to be of interest to readers of environmentally conscious literature, residents and lovers of the Northwest, and students of good, clear, concise writing everywhere."

Lindholdt is a professor of English at Eastern Washington University. He has collaborated on the books "Cascadia Wild: Protecting an International Ecosystem," "The Canoe and the Saddle: A Critical Edition," "John Josselyn, Colonial Traveler: A Critical Edition of 'Two Voyages to New-England'" and "Holding Common Ground: The Individual and Public Lands in the American West."

The book will be available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:

Sightline Books: The Iowa Series in Literary Nonfiction, edited by Patricia Hampl and Carl H. Klaus, ranges from cultural commentary, nature writing and historical inquiry to meditation, memoir and the personal essay by emerging as well as established authors.

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