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Wednesday, September 21 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Book Release Party: Body of Water, Mind of Music, Bar of Cocktails

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Join Missoula author Chris Dombrowski and musician Jeffrey Foucault to celebrate the release of Body of Water, Dombrowski's nonfiction debut. Hosted by Fact & Fiction at the Montgomery Distillery, this event will be filled with great drinks, great music, incredible readings, and probably a few great fishing stories. Join us and be the first in the country to receive the first edition of a work Jim Harrison called "A brilliant book. Destined to be a classic."

About the Book:

Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions—poetry and fly-fishing; two children, one of them in utero; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter, at this particularly challenging moment, a miraculous email: can’t go, it’s all paid for, just book a flight to Miami

Thus began a journey that would lead to the Bahamas and to David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide. Bonefish are prized for their elusiveness and their tenacity. And no one was better at hunting them than Pinder, a Bahamian whose accuracy and patience were virtuosic. He knows what the fish think, said one fisherman, before they think it.

By the time Dombrowski meets Pinder, however, he has been abandoned by the industry he helped build. With cataracts from a lifetime of staring at the water and a tiny severance package after forty years of service, he watches as the world of his beloved bonefish is degraded by tourists he himself did so much to attract. But as Pinder’s stories unfold, Dombrowski discovers a profound integrity and wisdom in the guide’s life.

"A lyrical, genre-defying tribute. Drawing on Caribbean history and the evolution of fly-fishing, Dombrowski’s foray into nonfiction proves thematically complex, finely wrought, and profoundly life-affirming."—Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“A brilliant book. Destined to be a classic.” —Jim Harrison

"This is some of the best writing that you'll ever read about fishing. But Body of Water achieves even more—it's a passionate, luminous, completely delightful book."—Ian Frazier

“This gorgeous work wastes not a word on fly-fishing basics. It dives Moby-Dick-deep into a famed sport and livelihood's very essence, and never leaves. In the hands of veteran trout guide and poet Chris Dombrowski, the ‘Abraham’ of Caribbean guides, David Pinder Sr., becomes the perfect embodiment of the near mystery religion that is saltwater-flats fishing. Via the hearts of two men utterly in love with the wounded world in which their calling takes place, Body of Water then pours forth beauties, subtleties, dark history, and insight with an unforced lyrical power I associate with no lesser word than ‘masterpiece.’ Dombrowski's Michigan-to-Montana trajectory updates Jim Harrison, his comedic fishing scenes bear comparison to Thomas McGuane, and his powers of ebullient reflection bring to mind Mary Oliver—yet I’ve read no book anything like Body of Water, and enjoyed no book in memory more.—David James Duncan

About the Author:
Born in Michigan, Chris Dombrowski earned his MFA from the University of Montana. His publications include two collections of poems, most recently Earth Again. His poetry and nonfiction have been widely published in leading journals and magazines. Also a well-established fly-fishing guide, Dombrowski lives in Missoula, Montana.
About the Musician:

Jeffrey Foucault is an American songwriter and record producer whose work marries the influence of American country, blues, rock 'n' roll, and folk music. He has released four full-length solo albums under his own name and two full-band lyrical collaborations with poet Lisa Olstein, under the moniker Cold Satellite.

About the Event
Doors at 6:30Reading/Singing at 7:30Signing at 8:15

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Chris Dombrowski

Chris Dombrowski's debut book of nonfiction, Body of Water, is forthcoming this fall from Milkweed Editions. His essays have appeared in a diverse range of publications, including Orion, Outside, and The Sun. He is also the author two books of poems, most recently the award-winning Earth Again; poems in Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Poetry, and many others.  Born and raised in Michigan, he lives in Missoula where he works as a fishing... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802

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