Wednesday, November 10th, 7pm

Free book talk & signing with Jack Nisbet

author of The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest

Free book talk & signing with Jack Nisbet,
author of The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest

David Douglas was the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific Northwest and throughout other areas of western North America in the 19th century. Douglasí discoveries include hundreds of western plants, most notably the iconic Douglas Fir. The Collector tracks Douglas' fascinating history, from his humble birth in Scotland in 1799 to his botanical training under the famed William Jackson Hooker, and details his adventures in North America discovering "exotic" new plants for the English and European market. From 1825 to 1828, he tromped through forests, slogged through marshes, crossed desserts, climbed mountains and paddled rivers, travelling 7,000 miles throughout the Northwest. If you are a hiker, canoe enthusiast, mountain climber, or wannabe naturalist, The Collector, is for you. In telling Douglas' story, Nisbet evokes a lost world of early exploration, pristine nature, ambition, and cultural and class conflict with surprisingly modern resonances.

Jack Nisbet is the author of Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson Across Western North America; The Mapmakers Eye: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau and Visible Bones: Journeys Across Time in the Columbia River County. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

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David Domkoski
Wheelock Library,
7222 North 26th Street
Tacoma, WA, 98407
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