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John N. Maclean Is Knee-Deep In His ‘Home Waters’

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John N. Maclean

With Home Waters, John N. Maclean, son of Norman Maclean, offers a companion or parallel narrative to his father’s beloved classic, A River Runs Through It.

In this conversation, Lauren and John talk about his relationship to his father, what kind of person his uncle Paul really was, and how the process of writing about water (the Blackfoot River) differs from writing about fire (the wildland fires that ravage the West each summer). This is a conversation fly fishermen and literature lovers—and fans of A River Runs Through It—won’t want to miss!

About John:

John N. Maclean is 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 the Tribune, 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, D.C., and at a family cabin in Montana.

John Maclean recommends:

Patrick O’Brien’s Aubrey/Maturin series (W.W. Norton & Company)

Lauren Korn recommends:

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories and Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean (University of Chicago Press)

Cowboy Trout: Western Fly Fishing As If It Matters by Paul Schullery (Montana Historical Society Press)

Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World's Most Alluring Fish (Milkweed Editions) and Earth Again (Wayne State University Press) by Chris Dombrowski

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan (Mariner Books)

This House of Sky: Landscapes of the Western Mind by Ivan Doig (Mariner Books)

Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. She is the Director of the Montana Book Festival and the host of Montana Public Radio’s literature-based radio program and podcast, The Write Question.