The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives will continue its Brown Bag Lunch series on Wednesday, August 23, with Chad Okrusch, a professor, author, photographer, and singer-songwriter from Butte, Montana. He will speak on his new book, Wisdom River: Meditations on Fly Fishing and Life Midstream. The book is a collection of stories, essays, poetry, photos, art, and recipes that celebrate the wonders of flyfishing and the wisdom that can be gained from spending time on the river. Contributors from Alberta, Montana, and Nova Scotia each bring a unique perspective and voice as they share adventures and memories from the time they have spent riverside and midstream. He co-edited the book with Larry Kapustka, Ph.D., and anticipates a release date in September.
Okrusch eschews the notion of a native Butte-ian, having invested his life in this place. His experience in southwest Montana has led to a love of the place, influencing his art, music, and the compilation of this most recent book. He has been blessed three times over as the father of three talented Butte girls, one of whom contributed an essay to the book. He is in his 21st year of teaching at Montana Tech in the Department of Interdisciplinary Art and Sciences where his research interests focus on ethics, Eastern philosophy, and China. Chad plays music in backwoods bars and honky-tonks near his favorite trout rivers from Alberta to Montana to Oregon. His album, “Wisdom Road”, received critical acclaim and made the playlists on radio stations throughout the West.
The presentation will begin at noon and run for about an hour at the Archives, 17 W. Quartz. Guests are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. Brown Bag Lunches are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. Contact the Archives at (406) 782-3280 for more information.