Former wilderness guide and summer park ranger Mark Neuzil will talk about and give a slideshow about his book, Canoes: A Natural History in North America. Co-written with Norman Sims with an introduction by John McPhee, this gorgeous coffee table book is described by The Star Tribune as, “Deep history . . . from the crudest dugouts through the most elegant cedar strips to featherweight polymers of today, with hundreds of color photos and a score of profiles of the people who made and paddled them."
Mark Neuzil is a professor of communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of seven books and a frequent writer and speaker on environmental themes. Neuzil is an avid outdoorsman who began canoeing in the 1960s with his family, many of whom live in Iowa City. He is a past board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Friends of the Mississippi River.