Cover Reveal: Steelies and Other Endangered Species
Posted by on May 15, 2014

We are so excited to show you the front cover design for Steelies and Other Endangered Species: Stories on Water!

The cover was designed by the talented James Knake. The beautiful background image was taken by Gary O’Boyle. Gary is a Michigan-based photographer who loves the outdoors and has traveled to Canada, Florida, and Alaska, by air and driving, to photograph wild places. To find out more about him, check out his website.

In recent weeks, Steelies has gotten more positive feedback from the literary community. Julian Hoffman, winner of the 2012 AWP Award Series for Nonfiction for his book The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World, said:

“In this beautifully woven collection, Rebecca Lawton movingly explores the significance of water to those caught up in its swirl and sway. Her stories sing of the essential source, each one poetically unrolling across the vast and magnetic landscape of the American West. Throughout the book it is water that channels her conflicted characters together, as varied as the communities of people and animals sustained by it: drillers, coyotes, farmers, lovers, cougars, wardens, and salmon. Even the river guides of her stories – those most skilled at navigating water – will say that it is the river that ultimately guides. Steelies and Other Endangered Species is a powerful collection of stories about connections to the wild and necessary land, rivers and creatures around us. But as part of the wondrous and fragile web made possible by water, it is also a beautiful meditation on the human heart and our essential connections to each other.”

Page Lambert, author of In Search of Kinship and Shifting Stars, said:

“Rounding the bend in any river offers the promise of a new horizon, and so it is with this gripping collection. Lawton’s beautifully rendered and accessible stories make you want to move quickly from beginning to end, but I urge you — savor the journey.  Breathe in the spirit of each new place.  Laugh and make new friends along the way.  These rough-edged characters will travel with you long after you close the cover of Steelies, their deeper selves shimmering within reach, just below the surface.”

B.C. Rimbeaux, author and whitewater guide, said:

“Lawton enchants the reader with emotional honesty and an intensity that infuses her stories with the beauty of the natural world.”

In case you missed it, find out more on what Steelies and Other Endangered Species: Stories on Water is about and see our announcement blog post here. If you haven’t seen the book trailer yet, you can view it on our YouTube channel under “Videos” here.

Also, if you’d like to order a copy of Steelies and help support production, visit our Tugboat Yards page here. A big thank you to our new supporters in April: Sidra Pauly and Rebecca Canamero. We really appreciate your support and hope you guys love the book as much as we do!

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