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Resilience and Renewal in the Columbia Basin

Big River: Resilience and Renewal in the Columbia Basin

with David Moskowitz, photographer and Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, author

JUNE 18, 6:30-8:00PM | Doors @ 6:15PM

In Big River: Resilience and Renewal in the Columbia Basin, (new June 2024 from Braided River) award-winning photographer David Moskowitz and writer Eileen Delehanty Pearkes illuminate the natural history, hydrogeology, beauty, and human activity on the Columbia River, while also highlighting the challenges facing the region and the people working on sustainable solutions.

6:15PM | Doors Open

6:30PM | Presentation by David and Eileen

7:30PM | Q&A and Book Signing (books available for sale at the event)

Tickets: Pay what you can sliding scale. $5 suggested donation.

Experience a presentation of the new book “Big River: Resilience and Renewal in the Columbia Basin,” where photographer David Moskowitz, author Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, and special guests will showcase a multimedia journey along the Columbia River from source to sea, illuminating its natural wonders and human stories, while also highlighting the challenges facing the region and the people working on sustainable solutions. 

The Columbia River watershed encompasses immense ecological, cultural, and economic value, the benefits of which its inhabitants have wrangled over for centuries. As we come to terms with the unsustainable nature of our relationship with this watershed, and local Indigenous nations renew their efforts to steward their territories, we have reached an inflection point. 

This event is part of a series of international book events celebrating the book launch of Big River, and is cohosted by Save Our wild Salmon, a diverse, nationwide coalition working together to restore wild salmon and steelhead to the rivers, streams and marine waters of the Pacific Northwest. Big River explores the Columbia River watershed as one living, interdependent entity that embraces a broad cultural and ecological perspective.

The culmination of Moskowitz’s many years of photographing the river and exploring its watershed and Eileen’s decades of research, Big River seeks a path forward for the Columbia River watershed, balancing the demands around water, salmon, agriculture, energy, and climate with the fundamental need for a sustainable living river.

Big River, a new photographically-driven book from award-winning photographer David Moskowitz, writer Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, and poet Claudia Castro Luna illuminates the hydrogeology, beauty, and activity of the Columbia River, while also highlighting current challenges facing the region and the riverkeepers working on sustainable solutions. Through rich and comprehensive images of the land, river, and people and micro-interviews from diverse voices across the region, Big River explores the Columbia River Basin as a single living, interdependent entity.

David Moskowitz | Big River photographer and author, speaker


Photographer, author, wildlife biologist, and tracker David Moskowitz is the author of Caribou Rainforest, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, and Wolves in the Land of Salmon, and coauthor of Peterson’s Field Guide to North American Bird Nests. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Sierra, High Country News, and Audubon Magazine, as well as by organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation, Endangered Species Coalition, and Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes | Big River author, speaker


Eileen Delehanty Pearkes explores landscape, history, and the human imagination through writing, maps, and visual notebooks, focusing on Indigenous culture and the power of water. She has researched the international Columbia River basin for more than two decades. Pearkes is the author of The Geography of Memory, A River Captured: The Columbia River and Catastrophic Change, and The Heart of a River.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will food be available for purchase?

Yes, the Empirical Cafe will be open with prepackaged salads, sandwiches and movie snacks. The bar will be open to guests that are 21+. No outside food or drink is allowed.

Do I have to pay for parking?

OMSI has a new parking system via the mobile parking app, Parking Kitty, to create an easier and more streamlined experience for our visitors. Parking is $2 + fees for after-hours events.

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