A wilderness island in Lake Superior calls Vic Foerster to cross the world’s largest lake, land on the island’s rocky shore, hike its bony spine, fish its shoal embedded coves, camp in harm’s way, and fall in love with it all—bugs included. Naked in the Stream, Isle Royale Stories is Vic Foerster’s intimate account of what it means to find, revere, and experience wilderness. Isle Royale is a remote island in Lake Superior, accessible only by boat or seaplane.
On Thursday, April 28 at 7pm, Schuler Books at 3165 Alpine Avenue in Grand Rapids welcomes Vic Foerster, author of Northern Michigan’s bestselling book, Naked in the Stream, Isle Royale Stories.
Foerster’s humor and passion shine through these stories. He describes what it feels like when dormant muscles spring to life while lugging a canoe over steep ridges, the panic caused by paddling against a stiff head-wind, straining to reach shore, how to fish for dinner on Lake Superior from a canoe, and how to hold your breath as you pass by an eagle perched 50 feet away. Observe the moose, the wolves, and the fascinating people Vic encounters. Draw close to the Great Lakes wilderness that outdoor enthusiasts place in their bucket list and say, “One day ... ”
Former artist-in-resident Joyce Koskenmaki’s artwork graces the writing. This is a book that Jerry Dennis, author of The Living Great Lakes, describes as worthy of the Sigurd Olson Outstanding Writing Award and Michigan notable book author, Tom Springer, says combines a rare originality with humor and an abiding grace.
Foerster is a consulting arborist who has served West Michigan for the past 35 years. He now turns his observational skills toward what many call the “Jewel of the National Park System.”
Naked in the Stream: Isle Royale Stories
By Vic Foerster
Arbutus Press – Traverse City
Paperback 6X9, 300 pages