Harry Thurston

Harry Thurston’s environmental writing has been published in many of North America’s leading magazines, including Audubon, Canadian Geographic and National Geographic. He has been awarded numerous writing prizes in both Canada and the United States, including the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Lane Anderson Award and the Evelyn Richardson Literary Award. His most recent poetry collections include Keeping Watch at the End of the World and The Deer Yard (with Allan Cooper). Thurston lives in Tidnish Bridge, Nova Scotia, and is a Mentor in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program at University of King’s College. Thurston lives in Tidnish Bridge, Nova Scotia.



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Lost River: The Waters of Remembrance, A Memoir
Harry Thurston

2020 / Memoir, Naturalists, Fishing / $28.95
9781554472161 / Trade paper / 208 pp


Harry Thurston’s eco-memoir Lost River is an elegiac meditation on the way that fishing, the rivers he has fished, and the people he has fished with have shaped his life. It is a story that encompasses both significant loss—of his childhood homestead, of rivers, and of the Atlantic salmon stocks, as well as of family and friends—and significant reward. Whether he’s recounting his experiences fishing his way down his native rivers and streams, reflecting on family bonds and writerly struggles, or recollecting the long work of establishing Nova Scotia’s Kelley River Wilderness Area, Thurston reminds us how fully the human and non-human worlds are interconnected, and of the great value of a life based in attentiveness and affection. Like a fish finally rising to the fly, the beauty and insight of Lost River elicit a bolt of excitement and hope. As one of Thurston’s mentors would say, “It’s good to know that we’re not fishing over barren water.”



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Other Books by this Author

Keeping Watch at the End of the World
Harry Thurston

2015 / Poetry / $20.95 CAN
9781554471447 / Trade paper / 112 pp
The Deer Yard
Harry Thurston, Allan Cooper

2013 / Poetry / $17.95 CAN
9781554471201 / Trade paper / 64 pp
Broken Vessel: Thirty-five Days in the Desert
Harry Thurston

2007 / Poetry / $15.95 CAN
9781554470341 / Trade paper / 48 pp
A Ship Portrait
Harry Thurston

2005 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781554470075 / Fine / 96 pp
A Ship Portrait
Harry Thurston

2005 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781554470068 / Trade paper / 96 pp
If Men Lived on Earth
Harry Thurston

2000 / Poetry / $39.95 CAN
9781894031233 / Fine / 152 pp
If Men Lived on Earth
Harry Thurston

2000 / Poetry / $14.95 CAN
9781894031226 / Trade paper / 152 pp

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