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BOOK DISCUSSION: Great Lakes/Great Books
April 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Discuss books that have the Great Lakes as setting or subject matter
GREAT LAKES/GREAT BOOKS
A monthly book club discussing works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as a setting or as subject matter. This month’s selection is An Accidental Jewel by Michael Hittle.
In 1926, the Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company closed the gates on a newly finished dam at the confluence of the Turtle and Flambeau rivers in Iron County, Wisconsin. That act created a storage reservoir of over 13,000 acres, known today as the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, whose waters were to be released for the purpose of generating hydropower for downstream industries. What served the state’s industries, however, angered conservationists for the headwaters of the Flambeau–an iconic northwoods river–had been replaced by a body of water dotted with standing dead trees and awash in driftwood and slash. But Clio, the muse of history, had a trick up her sleeve: the reservoir quickly became home to an abundant fish population; resorts sprang up to meet the needs of anglers and their families; and the flowage gained a reputation for its unique blend of excellent fishing with a wilderness setting. Statewide recognition followed in 1990 when the governor hailed the flowage as “one of Wisconsin’s crown jewels” and announcd that the state would be purchasing the bulk of its shoreline to created the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area. This book tells the true story of the creation of the flowage, the evolution of its waters, and examines the interplay of the various parties that have an interest in the flowage and its future.
Discussions are presented live via Zoom. If you would like to take part, please email Artistic Director Jerod Santek for the link.