Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
Dragonfly Books

Dragonfly Books welcomes Matthew L. Miller for an author talk featuring his new book Fishing Through the Apocalypse:  An Angler’s Adventures in the 21st Century, a series of fishing stories that looks at the future of freshwater fish, rivers and fishing. While it is a fishing book, it includes strange travel adventures that make it appealing to anyone who enjoys nature books, one selection of which includes a stream quite close to Decorah.  Miller will share stories, talk about his book, and sign books on Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 PM at Dragonfly Books.

Matthew L. Miller, director of science communications for The Nature Conservancy, explores fishing that might be considered dystopian:  joining anglers as they stick their lines into trash-filled urban canals or visiting farm ponds where you can catch giant endangered fish for a fee.  As an angler and conservationist, Miller removes any and all preconceived notions about what it means to fish in the 21st century in order to see the different visions of the future that exist right here, right now.

In Fishing Through the Apocalypse (Lyons Press 2019) Miller offers one of the widest-ranging looks at fish conservation in the United States--and also includes some of the more unusual adventures ever featured in a fishing book.  It isn’t all bleak.  When it comes to fishing, the other part of the story is this:  a cadre of anglers is looking to right past wrongs, to return native species, to remove dams, to appreciate the unappreciated fish, to clean our waters and protect public lands.   

Miller earned a degree in English/Creative Writing from Penn State and has written for Sports Afield, Bugle, Quality Whitetails, Backcountry Journal, and Living Bird.  He’s an avid angler, hunter, naturalist and distance runner who lives in Boise with his wife and young son. 

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free event on Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 PM. If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a book, please call Dragonfly Books at 563-382-4275 to reserve an autographed book.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah and is free and open to the public. To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit, or contact us at or 563-382-4275.

Fishing Through the Apocalypse: An Angler's Adventures in the 21st Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9781493037414
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lyons Press - March 2019

What does the future hold for fish and the people who pursue them? Fishing Through the Apocalypse explores that question through a series of fishing stories about the reality of the sport in the 21st century.

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