Local Author and Photographer John Nordstrand Book Launch

Date & Time

Thu, Sep 12 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Address (map)

3321 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Venue (website)

Chaucer's Books

STEELHEAD LIES: My Life in Rivers


John Nordstrand


Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Chaucer’s Books is delighted to welcome local author and photographer, John Nordstrand, and his new book entitled Steelhead Lies: My Life in Rivers.

Steelhead Lies is a collection of twelve non-fiction essays, along with 40 photographs, detailing the life of an obsessed steelhead fisher. It has been published by Wild River Press in Seattle, Washington.

Though the essays are built on a chassis of fly fishing experiences, Nordstrand says they are really more about friends, sons, fathers, loss, and the joys of this amazing pursuit. In fact, he says, his strongest reactions to the work have come from non-fishers.

Nordstrand is a professional photographer who has been shooting surfing, fly fishing, and other sports and scenic’s since 1994. He has been published in over 25 books and magazines, and won contests and received awards from National Geographic, Px3 Prix De La Photographie Paris, The Smithsonian, The Nature Conservancy, and View Bug. He has been published in Surfer, Surfing, TransWorld Surf, The Surfer’s Journal, Longboard, Water, The Surfer’s Path (U.K.), NALU (Japan), Flow (Japan), TransWorld Surf Japan, Tracks (Australia), Fly Fisherman, Wild Steelhead & Salmon, Fish & Fly, The Atlantic Salmon Journal, Northwest Fly Fishing, Home Waters (Canada), California Fly Fisher, Salmon-Trout-Steelhead, American Angler, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Santa Barbara Magazine, and Adventure West.

Nordstrand has been on assignments to Russia, Finland, Norway, British Columbia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Hawaii, and his images have been used by Ocean Pacific, Lost Surfboards, SurfTech, The Orvis Company, Powell Fly Rods, Thomas & Thomas Fly Rod Company, Havianas, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, The Fly Shop, Yater Surfboards, Bridgestone, Wavehunters, and numerous other companies.


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