Fly fishers have been consummate readers for centuries; people of like mind who are fascinated by art, craft, wildness, and ideas. Their literacy opens surprising opportunities for authors to write essays, short stories, novels, mysteries, and first-person columns, along with travelogues and how-to and where-to pieces.
Seth Norman has been Fly Rod & Reel’s books editor since 1997, and his “Master of Meander” column now enters its 22nd year in California Fly Fisher.
He is the guest speaker in Western Washington University’s Heritage Resources speaker series at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at WWU’s Western Libraries.
His other work includes essays about family for Christian Science Monitor; articles about mental illness, child abuse, cerebral palsy, oncology, and environmental issues; award-winning short stories, humor columns and satire; and an expose of police corruption that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.
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Perhaps best known for writing about fly fishing, he has been published in all national magazines dedicated to the sport, along with Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, and Gray’s Sporting Journal.
He also is the author of “Meanderings of a Fly Fisherman,” “A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Crimes of Passion,” and a guide now in its 20th printing.
Norman has received the Roderick Haig-Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement in Writing, The Robert Traver Award, the Jane Harrah Award for Print Media, and The Golden Medallion for Public Interest Journalism.
Treasures from WWU’s special collections’ fly-fishing holdings will be on display. Details on the free event: 360-650-3000, library.wwu.edu/hr.