Red Summer: The Danger and Madness of Commercial Salmon Fishing in Alaska

Red Summer: The Danger and Madness of Commercial Salmon Fishing in Alaska

by Bill Carter


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Painting a visceral portrait of the life of commercial fishermen in the remote Eskimo village of Egekik, Alaska, this intense memoir depicts the author's four summers spent with a crew of seasonal salmon netters. Distinguishing itself from a typical adventure, this recollection relates the unforgiving supervision of the experienced female crew-chief, who along with her rugged shipmates lives by the credo: do the work or leave. From an encounter with an overly-inquisitive grizzly bear and being swamped by a mother-ship in open waters to the customary run-ins with colorful locals, this record is certain to appeal to adventurers, nature lovers, and armchair travelers alike. In the tradition of Jon Krakauer, Peter Matthiessen, and Sebastien Junger, this is an honest and vivid story of what it means to leave so-called civilization behind for a life full of danger, excitement, untold beauty, and physically grueling work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982433287
Publisher: Schaffner Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Bill Carter is a former commercial fisherman and an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer. He has written for Men’s Journal, Outside, Rolling Stone, and Spin and is the author of Fools Rush In. His documentary film, Miss Sarajevo, was awarded the International Monitor Award, the Golden Hugo Award, and the Maverick Director Award. He lives in Bisbee, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Prologue xiii

Arrival 1

Egegik 6

Rules 15

Sharon Hart 27

The Flats 39

Twenty-eight Thousand Pounds 55

Fishermen Blues 62

Malibu Marty 70

Bush Radio 79

How Was Your Winter? 87

I've Been Here Before 96

Sourdough 102

The Food Chain 107

The Last Frontier 116

The Mayor 123

Too Many Fish 134

Church Hill 147

Seeing Native 159

Crime 170

Fish and Game 176

Becharof Lodge 185

Katmai 199

The Last Season 207

Sinking 215

Paddling Home 224

Acknowledgments 233

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