Books and Readings

Amy Gulick’s Tongass: A Forest Made of Salmon

A local photographer wins a national award and gets a showing this Sunday on Bainbridge.

By Eric Scigliano June 25, 2010

A Tongass diner eyes a tasty salmon.

Photo: Amy Gulick from ‘Salmon in the Trees,’ courtesy of Mountaineers Books.

We knew North Bender Amy Gulick’s Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rainforest was special when it appeared in April. After all, how many nature books begin with lines like “In the end, give me rainy, strange, bar-fight-nasty K-town life,” from a “Letter From Ketchikan” by famous fish and fossil artist Ray Troll? Troll is one of nine sages, scientists, and free spirits to match their words (and, in his case, drawings) to Gulick’s limpid images of life human and wild in soggy Southeast Alaska. Add the voices of sundry humpbacks, brown bears, sea lions, and seabirds (CD included), and you have a multimedia, multi-layered portrait of this country’s vastest intact forest, where the salmon really are in the trees—and in everything else that grows out of the soil they enrichen.{display:image for:post image:1 align:left height:170}

Even Lower 48ers are impressed. Salmon in the Trees recently won silver in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Find out why Sunday at Islandwood, Bainbridge Island’s idyllic eco-school, when Gulick gives a (naturally) multimedia show.{display:image for:post image:2 align:right height:170}

June 27, 7pm, Islandwood, 4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, 206-855-4300. Free.

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