Elk River Books presents fly-fishing author and Steinbeck scholar Robert DeMott for a signing of his new book, Angling Days: A Fly Fisher’s Journals, on Saturday, October 22, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Angling Days, called by Paul Schullery “a richly textured chronicle of the fly fisher’s life at its most enterprising and provocative,” collects more than 45 years’-worth of journal entries, written by DeMott during quiet moments fly fishing America’s rivers and streams.
“For me, rod and pen seem to complete each other in a kind of call-and-response way,” he writes. “One demands a response from the other, and in that way rod and pen complete each other.”
DeMott is the Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Ohio University, having retired in 2013. As an internationally-esteemed Steinbeck scholar, he has published numerous books and more than 60 articles on the famed author’s works and life, as well as providing introductions for several Penguin Classics editions of Steinbeck’s novels. As a fly fisherman, DeMott is an International Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor, a graduate of Western Rivers Professional Guide School and has written numerous articles for Trout, Yale Angler’s Journal, Gray’s Sporting Journal, American Angler and other publications. He is the editor of Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing, Conversations with Jim Harrison and several other collections of sporting and literary works.
Elk River Books specializes in collectible outdoor, regional and Western history books, and provides a lively venue for southwest Montana’s unique literary community. For more information, call 333-2330.