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Angler’s Journal Feature on Artist, Paul Gentry

Salmon Rising, wood engraving by Paul Gentry.

Salmon Rising is one of a dozen images Gentry engraved and printed for two collections of angling literature that I edited for Knopf’s Everyman’s Library series. His work as a furniture maker, potter, photographer and painter have earned him local attention, and his wood engravings are national treasures. Several universities and institutions, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and the Library of Congress, hold his artwork; Montana State University recently commissioned a set of prints for its famous Trout and Salmonid Collection.

Paul Gentry and Henry Hughes talk art and life at Gentry’s home.

Read Henry’s full article here in the Angler’s Journal

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Review of John Larison’s novel, “Whiskey When We’re Dry” in Harvard Review

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“John Larison’s Whiskey When We’re Dry has all the classic elements of a Western saga: endlessly promising yet punishing land, tobacco and booze, corrupt lawmen and kindly prostitutes, good guys and bad guys with guns blazing. But it’s the particular story of our hero, Jesse, and her gender fluidity that makes this a truly excellent book.”

Read Henry’s review in the Harvard Review Online

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Montana State University Library Trout & Salmonid Lecture 2019

Exploring literature, art, and popular culture, writer and professor Henry Hughes discusses the delightfully slippery world at the confluence of piscine and human existence
in his presentation, “The Sensual Fish,” delivered on April 2, 2019, at the Rialto in downtown Bozeman, Montana. Through fishing, Hughes crosses boundaries of race, ethnicity, gender, and class, making connections between the salty pleasures and tensions of human and fish life. According to events coordinator, Ann Vinciguerra, “Henry Hughes’ fascinating and humorous discussion delighted a full house at the Rialto.” Each year, the Montana State University Trout and Salmonid Lecture Series hosts a world-renowned speaker and offers a free lecture to the university and Bozeman communities.

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Interview with Dave Miller on OPB

This is an interview by OPB’s Dave Miller with Henry Hughes discussing his recent memoir Back Seat with Fish.

Back Seat with Fish is unlike any memoir you’ve ever read. Traveling across East Asia—from Beijing to Bangkok—as well as throughout the United States, Hughes shares stories of the fish he’s caught and the people he’s met.

The book is available on Amazon.

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Back Seat with Fish: A Man’s Adventures in Angling and Romance


Read an excerpt from Back Seat with Fish: A Man’s Adventures in Angling and Romance, Henry’s memoir, in Harvard Review Online.

Back Seat with Fish

Back Seat with Fish: A Man’s Adventures in Angling and Romance is unlike any memoir you’ve ever read. Among the hundreds of published angling stories, none so deeply sound the sensual pleasures and tensions of human and piscine life as they emerge from the bedroom and riverbank. From flounder and first dates off working class Long Island, into the wide waters of Indiana, South Dakota, Oregon and all across Asia, Back Seat with Fish offers a wild and wonderful ride.
Drawing on his knowledge of literature, geography, and natural history, Hughes guides us through the watery world, sharing stories of the fish he’s caught and the characters he’s met. Here are tales of bass and bluefish, paddlefish and fugu, sharks and snakeheads, as well as exchanges with a variety of people, including a Sioux Indian friend from South Dakota, an elderly African American on the Mississippi, and his waterside companions in Japan, China, and Southeast Asia.
Fishing is a sport that crosses boundaries of race, ethnicity, gender, and class. In his travels, Hughes learns lessons on these issues as he interacts with people who share and sometimes challenge his love for fishing and eating fish. But this salty journey isn’t just for people who cast lines or love nature and travel. Back Seat with Fish is for anyone who enjoys a good story.

Available on Amazon.

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