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David Carpenter in-conversation with Dave Margoshes

Thursday Oct 13 2022 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove + YouTube

Join David Carpenter for the hybrid launch of I Never Met a Rattlesnake I Didn't Like (Thistledown Press). With in-conversation host Dave Margoshes.

The launch will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

David Carpenter’s collection of essays I Never Met a Rattlesnake I Didn't Like explores a city boy’s love of the wild, a passion that has enriched his life from boyhood. At 80, this irrepressible Saskatchewan raconteur examines his intense fascination with predators large and small, and his awe in the face of the variety of creatures that may be out to get us—or who are out to get one another.

David Carpenter is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Gold and Welcome to Canada. He has received several Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year for the essay collection Courting Saskatchewan, as well as National and Western Magazine Awards for his magazine writing. He is an avid fly fisherman and nature-obsessed hiker and conservationist. He lives in Saskatoon.

Dave Margoshes is a Saskatoon-area poet and fiction writer. Most of his adult life has been in western Canada, for 35 years, in Saskatchewan. He has published twenty books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. His work has appeared widely in Canadian literary magazines and anthologies. An active member of the literary community in Saskatchewan and beyond, he’s served on a number of boards, been writer-in-residence in Saskatoon and Winnipeg, been a mentor to a number of younger writers, and has served on several literary juries.

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I Never Met a Rattlesnake I Didn't Like

- Carpenter David

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David Carpenter's collection of essays explores a city boy's love of the wild, a passion that has enriched his life from boyhood. At 80, this irrepressible Saskatchewan raconteur examines his intense fascination with predators large and small, and his awe in the face of the variety of creatures that may be out to get us--or who are out to get one another. How does this combination of fear and wonder affect our relationship with the natural world? And why has Carpenter personally been both drawn to, and repelled by, so many wild animals, including alligators, wolves, cougars, spiders, black bears, grizzlies, weasels, and of course, snakes--particularly deadly rattlesnakes? The stories that fuel the essays in this entertaining memoir are as diverse as the animals--and insects!--at the heart of Carpenter's inquiry. As a young man, Carpenter is working in Jasper National Park, and he's lugging his banjo--hustling on his way to a paid gig--when he takes a short cut through the woods, makes a wrong turn and ends up at the dump. He looks across at some large animals. Horses? No, five, count 'em, five grizzlies. Luckily a ranger on an actual horse leads him out of danger. He's fishing for brook trout in the mountains with a friend, cooling their catch in a convenient snow bank. But the fish keep disappearing. He finds them cached under a nearby rock, and when he tries to pull one out, he's in a tug-of-war with some hidden creature, small but fierce--is it a mink? Encounters like these drive the author into philosophical conjecture, into reading everything he can get his hands on about these and other creatures as he contemplates our place in the wild, and the value of the wild in our lives. These essays are essential reading for those of us who share David Carpenter's fascination with the predators that so fundamentally shape our understanding of wilderness and the necessity to preserve it.