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John Gierach: Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Doors: 6:30pm
Showtime: 7:00pm
Chautauqua Community House
Tickets: $12.00 ($9.00 Concert Member)*

"After five decades, twenty books and countless columns, John Gierach is still a master” (Forbes). Now, in his latest fresh and original collection, Gierach shows us why fly-fishing is the perfect antidote to everything that is wrong with the world.

“Gierach’s deceptively laconic prose masks an accomplished storyteller… His alert and slightly off-kilter observations place him in the general neighborhood of Mark Twain and James Thurber” (Publish Weekly). In Dumb luck and the Kindness of Strangers, Gierach looks back to the long-ago day when he bought hist first resident fishing license in Colorado, where the fishing season never ends, and just knew he was in the right place. And he succinctly sums up part of the appeal of his sport when he writes that it is “an acquired taste that reintroduces the chaos of uncertainty back into our well-regulated lives.”

Lifelong fisherman though he is, Gierach can write with self-deprecating humor about his own fishing misadventures, confessing that despite all his experience, he is still capable of blowing a strike by a fish “in the usual amateur way.” The “voice of the common angler” (The Wall Street Journal), offers witty, trenchant observations not just about fly-fishing itself but also about how one’s love of fly fishing shapes the world that we choose to make for ourselves.

About the Author: 

John Gierach is the author of more than twenty books about fly-fishing. His writing has appeared in Field & Stream, Gray’s Sporting Journal and Fly Rod & Reel, where he is a regular columnist. He also writes a column for the monthly Redstone Review. He lives in Lyons, Colorado.

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