John N. Maclean Virtual Event | Home Waters

Wednesday June 9th 6 p.m.

Home Waters

John N. Maclean in Conversation with Andy Weiner

Join us Wednesday June 9th at 6 p.m. in welcoming John N. Maclean for his book Home Waters. Which will release on June 1st. In Home Waters, Maclean returns to the Blackfoot River, made famous by his father in the novel A River Runs Through It. Beginning with his earliest memories of fly-fishing with his father on the river, Maclean passionately explores the history of his family's life in the region as they became well-respected members of the community and developed an abiding love for the land. Chronicling his family's love and connection with the Blackfoot River throughout history, Maclean meditates on four generations of Macleans and their connection with the river and fly-fishng. Maclean will be in conversation with Andy Weiner an avid fly-fisher and the author of the award-winning children’s fly fishing book Down By the River. 




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A book that will resonate with everyone who feels deeply rooted to a place, Home Waters is a chronicle of a family who claimed a river, from one generation to the next, of how this family came of age in the twenthieth century and later as they scattered across the country, faced tragedy and success, yet were always drawn back to the waters that bound them together. Here are the true stories behind the beloved characters fictionalized in A River Runs Through It, including the Reverend Maclean, the patriarch who introduced the familyto fishing; Norman, who balanced a life divided between literature and the tug of the rugged West; and the tragic yet luminous Paul. whose mysterious death has haunted the family and led John to investigate his uncle's murder and reveal new details in these pages. A gorgeous chronicle of a family and the land they call home, and a celebration of the art of fishing, Maclean's memoir beautifully portrays the inextricable ways our personal hisories are linked to the places we come from our home waters.

About the Author:

JOHN N. MACLEAN is an award-winning author and journalist. He spent thirty years at the Chicago Tribune, most of that time as a Washington correspondent. After leaving theTribune, Maclean wrote five nonfiction books about wildland fire that are considered a staple of fire literature as well as training material for firefighters. Maclean is the son of Norman Maclean, author of A River Runs Through It. The younger Maclean, an avid fly fisherman, lives in Washington, DC, and at a family cabin in Montana.

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Andy Weiner is a longtime publishing professional and an avid fly-fisher. He is also the author of the award-winning children’s fly fishing book Down By the River.

Praise For:


"A moving memoir of a family's love affair with the Blackfoot River in Montana. ... Lovers of literature and nature will be captivated by this heartfelt tribute to place and family."

-- Kirkus Reviews 


"In this welcome companion to an American classic, John N. Maclean casts a story of place, family, and legacy: of highland streams and woodlands, and the gifts waiting in their depths; of a quiet father with much to share; and of the sometimes meandering, sometimes tumbling courses that carry us through life. A spare, patient, and compelling reminiscence that stays with you."

--Earl Swift, New York Times bestselling author of Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island


Finally, a brilliant, intimate, and reliable chronicle of the remarkable Maclean family and the origins of a great book, welded seamlessly to the memorable angling days and writing life of a central member. I loved Home Waters.

--Nick Lyons, author of Spring Creek


I can honestly say I loved Home Waters. Reading it felt like a visit with old friends--the characters from A River Runs through It--who you haven't seen in a long while, during which you learned some things you'd never known before. John N. Maclean's book does a wonderful job of illustrating the importance of family and place--something we can all relate to even if the particulars of our stories are very different.

--Kirby Lambert, Montana Historical Society


"Maclean offers a lyrical love letter to Montana's Blackfoot River, fishing, and his storied family in this captivating memoir. ... Fans of his father's novella will relish the details that served as its inspiration and are here rendered in Maclean's sharp yet poetic prose. ... This richly observed narrative is sure to reel readers in."

-- Publishers Weekly

"Maclean's Hemingway-esque prose is as clear as a mountain stream, flowing with a poetic cadence and lyrically describing the many splendid natural treasures to be found under the Big Sky. A sure bet for readers who enjoy American and natural history and a must-read for fishing enthusiasts."

-- Booklist

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 6:00pm
Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062944597
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Custom House - June 1st, 2021