Aristata Press launches stunning naturalist memoir by Bruce Campbell and Nancy Henry

Aristata Press, a women-run non-profit publishing company known for its commitment to promoting fresh literary fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, is thrilled to announce today's release of This Rough Magic: At Home on the Columbia River Slough.
This Rough Magic
This Rough Magic
PORTLAND, Ore. - Aug. 14, 2023 - PRLog -- "Gracefully written and sharply observed, this book moves beyond suburban naturalism to a place of hope, a vision of where we might start to find our way back to some kind of balance."

—KEVIN CANTY, author of Into the Great Wide Open and Nine Below Zero

A couple moves to a log house bordering the Columbia Slough, and discovers a vest-pocket Valhalla within the city, a place where nature's rough magic captivates them. The rich floodplain that once nourished Chinookan peoples is gone, its wetlands channelized by 20th century landowners to form today's nineteen-mile slough. As the authors recreate in an industrial landscape, they celebrate wildlife holding fast against a heavy-metal bedlam of development. With evocative language and self-deprecating humor, Henry and Campbell tell an deeply personal story and highlight creative efforts to rewild the slough's denaturalized habitats. Amanda Marisa Williams' pen and ink illustrations illuminate each chapter.

This Rough magic is available worldwide online at major and independent outlets as well as in select brick and mortar stores. To purchase through, please visit Aristata Press Books: You may also learn more about the book at the authors' website:

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