You might not think of the sport and solace of fly fishing when you consider mystery books but retired UF law professor MW Gordon is going full sail. His first novel Deadly Drifts was published earlier this year. Crosses to Bear, his second book, is due very soon. You can hear Gordon read from both books at the Headquarters library on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2pm.
Retirement certainly hasn't slowed Gordon down. Here's the story in his own words: "For years I had one of the best jobs in the world. I was a law professor: teaching exceptional students; writing books, articles, chapters, and reviews; lecturing in most states and three dozen countries; consulting on complex litigation involving many nations; and sitting on NAFTA panels to resolve trade disputes between Mexico or Canada and the United States. Occasionally in some far off place such as the Andes or Alaska, I had a brief time to wet a line seeking the fish that I first caught as a nine year old: the beautiful trout. In the last years of teaching, I spent summer weeks in the West, fishing the San Juan, Snake, Henry’s Fork, Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, and other great rivers of our mountain West. When I stepped down from the classroom in 2008, I began to build a 16’ wooden drift boat, taking time off only to participate in the Orvis Guide School in Idaho. In 2009, my wife Buff and I, accompanied by our sheltie Macduff, towed the boat 9,500 miles from our home in St. Augustine to Wyoming and Montana for two months of drifting the now familiar rivers. I began my first novel, Deadly Drifts, in Montana, working on it as well as beginning a second novel. We towed the boat west again in 2011. During our weeks in Jackson Hole, my long time guide friend Johnnie Irby and I, fishing together on the Deadman’s Bar to Moose section, watched an overloaded drift boat crash into a strainer ― a 20’ high pile of trees ― throwing all six persons into the 50 something degree water. After a thirty minute pursuit we rescued three of the people. The other three were soon rescued by an emergency Grand Teton National Park crew. All survived, and learned a lesson hopefully made clear in Deadly Drifts ― Deadman’s Bar to Moose is tricky water and no place for novices in the guide seat of a drift boat."
Learn more at Gordon's website.
This author reading is a free event, open to everyone.