posted on October 4, 2006
Katherine Fischer, Clarke College associate professor of English and a 1973 Clarke graduate, will hold a book signing of her new book “Dreaming the Mississippi” this Saturday, Oct. 7, from 12:30-3 p.m. in Clarke’s Whitlow Bookstore. The signing is part of the College’s Homecoming festivities. Copies will be available for purchase in the bookstore.
Offering a fresh perspective on the river’s environment, industry, and recreation, “Dreaming the Mississippi” challenges old stereotypes through the experiences of modern Americans who work the barges, rope-swing into muddy bottoms, struggle against hurricane floodwaters, and find new meaning on this great watery corridor.
Fischer describes how the river’s natural and human histories overlap and interweave as she tells of her own gradual immersion in its life—which led her to buy a house so close to its banks that each spring she must open her basement doors to accept its inevitable floods.
Fischer blends stories of people living along the river with accounts of national and global consequence.
She weaves humorous accounts of river rats and towboat pilots with stories of sandbagging against a flood tide that refuses to be contained. Another chapter, about the river’s mouth, “Gulf,” considers the gulf between engineers and naturalists—and between America’s haves and have-nots—as it offers heartfelt reflections on the wrath of Hurricane Katrina.
For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.