Vishnu Temple Press
Phone and fax (928) 556 0742

Vishnu Temple Press publishes and distributes non-fiction books about the Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau.

Vishnu Temple in the Grand Canyon Art © Ron Short

Photo © Mike Buchheit

Why We Boat
Running Rivers On Our Own

Edited by Beverly Kurtz


River Runners come from all walks of life, all ages, all backgrounds. Their reasons for taking to the water are as varied as they are, yet many recurring themes run through their stories. This anthology presents a picture of those commonalities, weaving tales of adventure and growth with retrospectives on memories and connections. We've gathered stories from 32 authors around North America to share why they boat so anyone who has been soothed by the sound of running water, longed to travel a wilderness river to escape modern life and bond with friends, or been thrilled by explosions of whitewater will find a story here that will ring true and speak to them.

Bev Kurtz is a Coloradan who has been running rivers since the mid 1980s when she worked as an archeologist in Grand Junction, Colorado. Follow on careers as a middle school teacher and then a project manager at IBM allowed her time off to pursue her passion for rivers. Now retired, she spends much of her energy fighting dams, traveling, writing, and playing in the out of doors with her husband, Tim, and her river tribe.

978-1-7322192-0-5, 256 pages, 6" wide x 9" high, July 2018, $17.95.

"All I can say is: Wow. I love this book. I enjoyed some essays so much, I've already read them twice. And, some were so compelling that when I'm old and suffering from mild dementia, I'll swear I was witness to the story. Kudos to all involved in the project. There aren't many books I will re-read, but this is one of them." - Hilary Eaton

Order Why We Boat and On Foot: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories and save $$. Combination of the two books available for $30

Why We Boat is also available from the following stores:
Aspen Sports, Flagstaff, AZ
Babbits Backcountry, Flagstaff, AZ
Back of Beyond Bookshop, Moab, UT
Bright Side Bookshop, Flagstaff, AZ
Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO
Peace Surplus, Flagstaff, AZ
Down River Equipment, Wheatridge, CO
J W Powell River History Museum, Green River, UT
Willow Canyon Outdoor Company, Kanab, UT
Why We Boat is also available as a kindle ebook. To order from Amazon click here Why We Boat

Running Rivers on our Own
Edited by Beverly Kurtz
978-1-7322192-0-5, 256 pages, 6" wide x 9" high, July 2018, $17.95.

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Vishnu Temple artwork in the header © Ron Short
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