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"A fresh and timely regional approach… There is no book quite like this…. It is brilliantly written and very readable."

—Glen Love, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Oregon, and editor of
The World Begins Here: An Anthology of Oregon Short Fiction


"Ricou is equally at home discussing writing and art by Canadians, Americans, and First Peoples. The book is a delight to read… a seldom-used combination of creative nonfiction and literary scholarship."

—Mark Allister, Associate Professor of English, American Studies, and
Environmental Studies, St. Olaf College
Member of AAUP