REI hosts guidebook author Jane Fritz

A news release from the publishers of Sandpoint Magazine and

Book reading, discussion set for Oct. 21

SPOKANE, Wash.–The REI store located at 1125 N. Monroe St. in Spokane, hosts a book reading, slide show, discussion and signing with Jane Fritz, author of the popular book “Legendary Lake Pend Oreille: Idaho’s Wilderness of Water.” The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the store.

Called a “bible” for Lake Pend Oreille, located in northern Idaho, “Legendary Lake Pend Oreille” is now in its second printing and is considered far more than a recreationist’s directory. It’s a guidebook rich with sketches about biology and botany, fascinating historical lore, stories about the indigenous Kalispel Indians and modern-day residents, and abundantly illustrated. The 450-page book contains 266 photos, including two photo sections – color plates and black-and-white Ross Hall images – and a foldout lake map.

Included in the book are comprehensive guides to all the lake’s public recreation; paddle routes for kayakers and canoeists; resources and advice for boaters and sailors; and chapters devoted to the lake’s 30-plus hiking trails and its fish and fisheries.

Written by longtime resident and avid outdoor recreationist Jane Fritz, the book includes a special foreword by the late Hazel Hall and an introduction by Francis Cullooyah of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. Kevin Davis, Gary Hassler, Cate Huisman, Marianne Love, Heather McElwain, Patrick McManus, Jim Mellen and the late Dennis Nicholls also wrote selections in the book. Published by Keokee Books of Sandpoint, Idaho, learn more about “Legendary Lake Pend Oreille” at or call 208-263-3573.

Praise for “Legendary Lake Pend Oreille”

“A feat of travel writing, historiography and culture studies, it’s a rare thing to find a guide book that does so much more than simply tell you about a place.”
–Zach Hagadone, Sandpoint Reader

“Almost every page in ‘Legendary Lake Pend Oreille’ bears a photo, map or graphic artwork of some kind. Crack it open at almost any point and the layout makes it easy for the reader to dive deep into a piece on the lake’s history or skim like a thrown rock across a section about a new hike or secret fishing hole.”
–David Gunter, Bonner County Daily Bee

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