Intelligent investigative writing meets experiential journalism in this important new perspective on one of North America’s most voraciously invasive species, the Asian carp. Join award-winning journalist Andrew Reeves in conversation with Western Michigan University faculty members Dr. Lynne Heasely and Dr. Dan Macfarlane on Reeves’ new book: OVERRUN, a definitive, engrossing, and empowering look at one of the most immediate threats to our lakes.
“This detailed account of the invasion of Asian carp into North American waterways [including Lake Michigan] reads like a Kurt Vonnegut novel or science fiction. Yet the carp’s unbelievable progress splashes another clear warning about how so-called solutions have become the chief cause of our problems.”
A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the non-proft organization Alliance for the Great Lakes.
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Politicians, ecologists, and government wildlife officials are fighting a desperate rearguard action to halt the onward reach of Asian Carp, four troublesome fish now within a handful of miles from entering Lake Michigan. From aquaculture farms in Arkansas to the bayous of Louisiana; from marshlands in Indiana to labs in Minnesota; and from the Illinois River to the streets of Chicago where the last line of defense has been laid to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, Overrun takes us on a firsthand journey into the heart of a crisis. Along the way, environmental journalist Andrew Reeves discovers that saving the Great Lakes is only half the challenge. The other is a radical scientific and political shift to rethink how we can bring back our degraded and ignored rivers and waterways and reconsider how we create equilibrium in a shrinking world.
Andrew Reeves is an award-winning environmental journalist and the editor-in-chief of Alternatives Journal, Canada’s oldest environmental publication. His work has appeared in the Walrus, This Magazine, and the Globe and Mail. He received a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the University of King’s College in 2016. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and daughter.