Tales of the River: An Anthology of River Literature

At a time when wild rivers are imperilled, Tales of the River presents a timely collection of river literature from twenty-one authors exploring our vital relationship with rivers and how they shape our lives. Featuring original writing by award-winning authors, and exciting new voices in eco-literature, each writer draws on their wisdom, compassion, and ecological consciousness to create dramatic and timely stories. Grouped by eco-regions, the tales illustrate how connections with rivers also exist across space. Between the pages, there is one desperate question. How do we stop the terrible decline of our wild rivers? The authors gently answer we protect what we love, by standing together on the bank of wild flowing water.

About the Editors

Donna Mulvenna is a horticulturist, whose journey as a nature writer began when she moved to the Amazon rainforest. Donna is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers, and the author of Happiness is Green, Wild Roots—Coming Alive in the French Amazon, and The Awe of Nature. She co-authored All Things Breathe Alike: A Wildlife Anthology, and is the co-editor of Tales of the River.

Margi Prideaux is an author and international wildlife negotiator. She has written about wildlife in international politics and law almost every day for the past 27 years. As an international negotiator and independent academic, with a PhD in wildlife policy & law, her words have been tuned to inform policy audiences in more than 20 different international conservation processes. She has three books. Birdsong After the Storm, Global Environmental Governance, Civil Society and Wildlife, and has co-authored All Things Breathe Alike: A Wildlife Anthology. Along the way, her shorter musings have been published online at openDemocracy, Global Policy, Live Encounters, AlterNet, Wildlife Articles and Ecologist.

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Full title   Tales of the River: An Anthology of River Literature
Editors  Donna Mulvenna, Margi Prideaux
AU$ 34.95 (pbk), 16.95 (ebk)

Release date  September 1, 2018
Territory  English language market
  Paperback and eBook
Size  216×140 mm
Pages  328pp
ISBN  978-1-925856-02-6 (pbk), 978-1-925856-03-3 (ebk)

Chapter Outline

Foreword by Erik Solheim, Executive Secretary UN Environment

Memories of Hockley Lake, Ron Melchiore

Growing Up With Rivers, Tim Palmer
Seven Rivers, Rob Carney

The Wild Atnarko River, Mary Woodbury
Let the River Run, Wes Ferguson
Kayaking Chile’s Pascua River, Diana Saverin
Prodigal River, Rebecca Lawton
Paddling the Sewershed, Brice Particelli
When a River is a Person, Gary Wockner
Catfish Bend, Lisa Knopp
Upo Wetlands to Doyo Islet, Louise Duff

Three Water Stories, Anthony Birch
The Willamette, Kathleen Dean Moore
River of the Past, Conor Mihell
The Loner, James Roberts
Three Rivers, Karen Lloyd
Musical Life, Margi Prideaux

Wilder Rivers, Donna Mulvenna

On the Negro River, José Truda Palazzo, Jr.
Deafened by Nature, Jessica Groenendijk
The Mother River of India, Mariellen Ward

Contributing Authors
Rivers are Imperilled
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