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Fort Wayne Native Chronicles Journey Along The Mighty Maumee

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Ryan Schnurr feels that the Maumee River is an "amazing entity" that deserves to be known and appreciated.

"In the Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River" is a brand new book by Fort Wayne native, Ryan Schnurr.

What began as a fascination for the river he lived near in his younger days, turned itself into a personal research project for Ryan, and then took the form of a short piece of nonfiction for a college writing course.

Encouraged by his professor, who saw a book buried in that essay, he knew the next step would have to be meeting that 'Mighty Maumee' up close and personal.

Credit Ryan Schnurr
Scene from the riverbank, along Ryan's journey down the Maumee.

The story unfolds with an easy narrative style that embraces the history, culture, economics and environmental impact of the small but mighty waterway, as the author actually walks and canoes its length.

For a sneak preview of the book, and the author's passion, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Schnurr into the studio earlier this week to discuss where the journey has taken him, and where it will lead.

 Event Information:

"In the Watershed" Release Party
@Anchor Films
1501 E. Berry, Fort Wayne
Saturday, October 21st, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

You can find ordering information, and a complete listing of upcoming booksignings and readings around the Midwest at the author's website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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