Nov 10

‘Selkirks Spectacular’ publication parties slated for Bonners Ferry, Nelson

A photographic journey encircling the spectacular Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho, eastern Washington and southeastern British Columbia, Selkirks Spectacular features amazing images by photographers Jerry Pavia and Tim Cady. More than 300 images along with chapters written by Canadian Ross Klatte on the history, geology, communities, natural features, attractions, and the flora and fauna showcase this beautiful corner of the earth.

To celebrate the book’s release, Keokee Books is hosting book publication parties in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where Pavia and Cady live, and in Nelson, British Columbia, Klatte’s hometown. A special presentation with a slide show with Cady is planned for Friday, Nov. 21 at The Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash St. in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A similar program with Klatte is planned for Thursday, Nov. 27 at the Nelson Public Library, 602 Stanley St. in Nelson, B.C., at 7 p.m.

Selkirks Spectacular highlights the International Selkirk Loop, which promotes the awesome beauty surrounding the Selkirk Mountains through a 280-mile scenic route named by Rand McNally as one of five “Best of the Roads.”

But you don’t need to drive the International Selkirk Loop to appreciate its unique splendor. Spend a few minutes or hours with Selkirks Spectacular to see everything from Lake Pend Oreille to Kootenay Lake and endangered woodland caribou to ruffed grouse. Enjoy a generous selection of historic photographs highlighting the area’s native and ethnic cultures, mining and logging legacy, and boomtowns.

Pavia and Cady’s photographic odyssey had them exploring every corner of the loop over the course of years in all four glorious seasons.

“I’ve lived in North Idaho for over 30 years,” said Pavia, “and until photographing this book I really didn’t appreciate the wildlands, wildlife, towns and people who live along the Selkirk Loop. What a spectacular place!”

The Selkirk Mountains are a place of forested hillsides, wildflowers, sparkling waterfalls, snowcapped craggy peaks and wildlife. Waterfowl by the thousands stop for respite on their journey through the Pacific Flyway. Moose, deer, elk and even caribou inhabit the Selkirk Mountains, along with grizzly and black bear and many others.

“We are so excited about this book,” said Stephanie Sims, executive director of the International Selkirk Loop. “Pavia and Cady have a real talent for capturing the beauty of the International Selkirk Loop. The majestic mountains, crystal clear waters, vibrant colors and abundant wildlife come to life on the pages.”

The 180-page, softcover book measures 11 inches by 8.5 inches and is full color throughout. The book is unique in that it has two front covers, one for the U.S. side and one for the Canadian side. Halfway through, readers flip the book over and start again from the other side. Published by Keokee Books of Sandpoint, Idaho, Selkirks Spectacular (ISBN 978-1-879628-44-1) gives a nod to the multinational nature of the International Selkirk Loop with contributors from both countries.

For more information on events, contact Bonners Books, 208-267-2622, or Nelson Public Library, 250-352-6333.

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