Sea Winter Salmon – Chronicles of the St. John River

by Mari Hill Harpur with Eileen Regan McCormack

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April 4, 2017

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September 25 – November 24, 2016

Minnesota Historical Society

James J. Hill House

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October 4th, 2016 – 2pm

Waverley Gardens at North Oaks

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January 25 - September 15, 2016

US Bank – Ascent Private Banking

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April 15, 2016

Blue Metropolis Montreal

International Literary Festival

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French Edition Book Launch

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Sept. 17, 2015 - Jan. 15, 2016    

US Bank – Ascent Private Banking

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Seattle, Washington, USA

 

Sept. 12, 2015    

Les Mots Tremblant

Talk and book signing

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June 28, 2015           

Greenwood Centre for Living History

Talk and book signing

254 Main Street, Hudson, Québec, Canada

 

May 12 - September 1, 2015

US Bank – Ascent Private Banking

Private Author Event and photographic exhibition

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

 

April 24, 2015

Blue Metropolis Montreal

International Literary Festival

Linda Leith Publishing Book Launch discussion

10 Sherbrooke St. W.

Montreal, Québec, H2X 4C9

 

April 16, 2015

Atwater Library

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April 11, 2015

ImagiNation Writers’ Festival

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March 6, 2015

The Geraldine Historical Society Museum

Book signing and exhibition

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Reviews

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Review in Quebec Heritage News

"An unusual and most beautiful book has recently been published... The book emphasizes an important aspect of evolution - evolution in the sense that only by adapting to changing conditions can both nature, and man-in-nature, survive and even prosper.

... As a social history, the book is outstanding.

However, the strongest impact of Sea Winter Salmon is visual. Mari Hill Harpur is a gifted photographer. She could have produced a coffee table book of her photos alone. She chose to combine both text and pictures, including many wonderful old photos taken by Hill family members over the generations, outstanding art work by various artists, charts, maps, time lines, and in-depth background information about the region, the people, salmon fishing and conservation methods.

The look of this book is absolutely beautiful. The colours, the page layouts, the reproduction of art and photos are all of the highest quality. The wonderful, peculiar, changeable light of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the granite shores, the flowing waters, and the generations of people who have lived on this land - all are shown by the skill of an excellent photographer who found the right publisher."

Click for the full review in PDF format.

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Review by Alex T. Bielak

Atlantic Salmon Journal

Summer 2015

Click for the review in PDF format.

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Salmon as a reflection of history and conservation

Sea Winter Salmon: Chronicles of the St John River is about a great salmon river on the lower North Shore of Quebec, and its most important visitor, the illustrious Atlantic salmon.

Very few people have the opportunity or dedication to observe their favourite fish species over a long period of time but Mari Hill Harpur has had a lifelong interest in Atlantic salmon, focusing on this species in a river of a size most New Zealand anglers couldn't imagine. It is much wider and deeper than our Waikato or Clutha rivers, and has a mystique of its own.

In 1889 Canadian and American railroad magnate James J. Hill, who travelled the Gulf of the St. Lawrence, established the log camp on the St. John River that has now been in Hill Harpur's family for five generations.

The author and photographer tracks the special relationship between the salmon and the people of the river through diaries, legal documents, scientific data, rare archival photographs and her own photographic collection.

Dramatic, tragic, amusing, and authoritative, Sea Winter Salmon addresses itself to readers of history, biography, and conservation biology and to fisher-women and men everywhere.

This book is a family memoir and a guide to a river's ecology and the life cycle of the Salmo salar, setting out what it takes to be a good conservationist in a remote and delicate region.

Sea Winter Salmon features photographs Hill Harpur has exhibited in conjunction with many other images taken throughout North America and Canada. Recently, she was the Artist in Residence at the Masterworks Foundation in Hamilton, Bermuda. In 1967 she moved to Canada to attend Bishop's University in Quebec province and in 2012 came to Geraldine - to the residence she and husband Doug enjoy on a back-country station on the banks of the Rangitata River.

"I am never far from a salmon fishery - it's been my focus for so long," she says. "Photography remains a passion."

Peter Shutt, Timaru Herald, NZ

April 4, 2015

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"Mari Hill Harpur's Sea Winter Salmon is beautifully evocative and transporting. It pulled me back in time to that remote Canadian outpost, making me feel is if I were right there with the great James J. Hill and his family and friends at the lodge, on the river, in the canoes. There's an equally important, forward-looking sense to the book that gives it great meaning for today: a reverence for the environment and respect for the area's residents and indigenous people. Mari integrates art and science in such a distinctive, compelling way.  James J. Hill and his family would be very proud of her stewardship and delighted with this very engaging, beautifully presented book. Long live the Hill camp!"

 

Larry Haeg, author, Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street's Great Railroad War

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“Part memoir, part rhapsody, Sea Winter

Salmon is a fascinating read that brings

insight to a beloved tradition. Through it

all, the great Atlantic salmon prevails. Mari

Hill Harpur illuminates a sport which is

also a science, while paying homage to

friendships and local expertise. In their role

as river stewards, the family’s continuing

active involvement with salmon restoration

programs is inspiring.”

 

– Karen Molson, author of The Molsons:

Their Lives and Times and Hartland de

Montarville Molson: Man of Honour

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This beautifully illustrated, if somewhat disjointed, narrative is part natural history, part family history, and part memoir. Author and photographer Harpur tells the story of the St. John River in eastern Canada by highlighting the lives of its people and fish. Glaciers carved the river out of the Canadian Shield during the last ice age, and generations of Atlantic wild salmon migrate to it after spending years at sea. Over time, the salmon have provided both sport and sustenance to the river's human inhabitants. One such inhabitant was James J. Hill, Harpur's great-grandfather, who in 1900 purchased 15 miles along the river from the Quebec government and set up the Hill Log Camp. In six chapters, Harpur details five generations of her family's stewardship of the river and its salmon. "The camp had lasted into the new millennium," she writes, "and we possessed the means and desire to protect and prepare our river for future [salmon] generations." Harpur illustrates her book with historic photographs galore, but her attempt to constantly weave family history with natural history results in a somewhat unfocused read. Nonetheless, conservationists and history enthusiasts will find much to appreciate in this wonderfully presented memoir. (Apr.)

 

Publishers Weekly