Nisbet, Jack 1949-
NISBET, Jack 1949-
Born May 16, 1949; son of James Douglas (in business) and Kathryn (a homemaker and pilot; maiden name, Gerig) Nisbet; married Claire Beckham (an editor and researcher); children: Emily, James. Education: Stanford University, B.A., 1971.
Home—124 West 34th Ave., Spokane, WA 99203. Agent—Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency, 1201 Broadway, Suite 708, New York, NY 10001.
Writer. Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, winter field assistant, 1975-82; teacher at schools in Georgia and South Carolina, 1986-95; teacher of humanities, natural history, and writing to students and teachers in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia, Canada, 1995-2004; writer, 2004—. Idaho Humanities Council, member of Speaker's Bureau, 1998-2004; Washington Commission for the Humanities, member of Inquiring Minds Speakers Bureau, 2002-06; appeared in special television documentary The Great Divide: The Journeys of David Thompson, British Broadcasting Corp., 2003; Whitworth College, teacher of elder-hostel international classes; consultant to Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
Inland Northwest chapter, Society of Professional Journalists, three awards, 1977 and 1980, for natural history columns, best documentary award, 1998, for Crossroads: Images of the Colville Valley, 1800-1850; book of the year award, Idaho Librarians' Association, Washington State Governor's Honors Award, and Murray Morgan Prize, all 1995, for Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson through Western North America; Silver Medal, environmental category, ForeWord, 2000, for Singing Grass, Burning Sage; Washington State Book award, Washington State Public Library, 2004, for Visible Bones: Journeys across Time in the Columbia River Country.
Sky People (short stories), Quartzite Books (Mount Vernon, WA), 1984.
Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson through Western North America, Sasquatch Books (Seattle, WA), 1994.
Purple Flat Top: In Pursuit of a Place (short stories), Sasquatch Books (Seattle, WA), 1996.
Singing Grass, Burning Sage: Discovering Washington's Shrub-Steppe, Graphics Arts Center Press (Portland, OR), 1999.
Visible Bones: Journeys across Time in the Columbia Country, Sasquatch Books (Seattle, WA), 2003.
The Mapmaker's Eye: David Thompson and the Moment of Contact on the Columbia Plateau, Washington State University Press (Pullman, WA), 2005.
Writer and director of Crossroads: Images of the Colville Valley, 1800-1850, (educational video), 1997. Author of weekly natural-history column for Chewelah, WA, Independent, 1973-82. Contributor to periodicals, including Seattle Weekly, Pacific, Oceans, Palouse Journal, Pangolin Papers, Catalyst, Pacific Northwest Inlander, Diggings, North Columbia Monthly, and Columbia.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, March 15, 1996, Alice Joyce, review of Purple Flat Top: In Pursuit of a Place, p. 1237.
Oregon Historical Quarterly, summer, 2004, William D. Layman, review of Visible Bones: Journeys across Time in the Columbia River Country, p. 323.
Publishers Weekly, September 8, 2003, review of Visible Bones, p. 66.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 10, 1996, Joel Connelly, review of Purple Flat Top, p. C2.
Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), February 28, 1995, review of Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson through Western North America, p. D1; November 2, 2003, review of Visible Bones, p. F1.