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The Washington State Historical Society has awarded the Gray Medal, its highest honor, to Jack Nisbet.

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in News | Comments Off on The Washington State Historical Society has awarded the Gray Medal, its highest honor, to Jack Nisbet.

The presentation will take place at the society’s annual luncheon on September 22nd.


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The Dreamer and the Doctor

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in News | Comments Off on The Dreamer and the Doctor

Jack’s latest effort, The Dreamer and the Doctor, will be released on October 23 from Sasquatch Books. It traces the unlikely saga of John and Carrie Leiberg through the Inland Northwest and around the world.

“Jack Nisbet continues to educate, entertain, and mesmerize with this meticulously written and researched story of two people-of-destiny whose intelligence and passion transformed our awareness and understanding of the Northwest. Part history, part adventure tale, part love story, part futuristic foreshadowing, this book fascinated me from beginning to end with its eloquence, urgency, and quiet intensity.”

– Kim Barnes, Author of In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country

 “Jack Nisbet’s The Dreamer and the Doctor is a textured, insightful history of the waning frontier days of the American West that reads like a novel. The featured couple, a female doctor and an obsessed botanist, provide an unusual lens to a time that is both familiar and antique, a time when science and medicine were rapidly evolving but were still intensely personal. Entwined in the narrative are the roots of the battle for Western public lands, the impact of federal science, and a growing awareness of the impact of forest fires.”

– Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History


Here is a preliminary list of fall appearances for The Dreamer and the Doctor. More details will be added to the web site calendar, but please check with the local venue to make sure of the exact time and location.

* Please note that sometimes event details change at the last moment. While we try to keep up with them, please be sure to check with the venue in question to get the latest information on upcoming presentations.

Date/Time Event
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Slide Presentation - Kinnickinnik Chapter, Idaho Native Plant Society
Sandpoint Community Hall, Sandpoint Idaho
7:00 pm
Reading - Aunties Bookstore
Aunties Bookstore, Spokane Washington
7:00 pm
Slide presentation w/ Well-Read Moose Bookstore
Coeur d’Alene Public Library, Coeur d’Alene ID
All Day
Slide presentation w/ Bonners Books
2:00 pm
Slide Presentation - West Bonner Public Library
West Bonner Public Library, Priest River
All Day
Slide presentation for South Puget Sound Native Plant Society
Tacoma Nature Center, Tacoma WA
Nov/17/2018 - Nov/18/2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Signing - Audubon Wild Arts Festival
Montgomery Park, Portland Oregon
7:00 pm
Reading - Powell’s City of Books
Powell’s City of Books, Portland OR

David Douglas’s Nine Lives

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in News | Comments Off on David Douglas’s Nine Lives

On May 24 at 7 pm at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, author Jack Nisbet will provide a free public presentation titled “David Douglas’s Nine Lives” on how Douglas managed to stay alive while he was in the Northwest, what his collections mean to us today, and what really might have happened at the scene of his death.

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Steptoe Butte Bus Trip

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Steptoe Butte Bus Trip

Join Jack Nisbet for a journey back in time to the iconic lookout of Steptoe Butte. We will visit the site of the Coplen Brothers’ 1876 mammoth find, talk about the flora and fauna that lived here during the last Ice Age, and walk the flower-strewn slopes of Steptoe on a spring afternoon.

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Publications

The Spokane River

This spring the University of Washington Press will release a wide-ranging anthology on the Spokane River edited by Paul Lindholdt. It will include an essay by Jack on the Spokane House fur trade post

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The Dreamer and the Doctor

Jack’s newest effort, which traces the unlikely saga of John and Carrie Leiberg, will be out this October from Sasquatch Books.

John was a prospector and naturalist who published landmark investigations from all over the Intermountain West in the late nineteenth century. Carrie was a practicing physician who kept a much lower profile, but made a habit of appearing at the nexus of social and public health issues of her time. Full of surprising twists and turns, the Leiberg story resonates forward with a decidedly human glow.

“A Taste for Roots” Presentation at Sandpoint Community Hall

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in News | Comments Off on “A Taste for Roots” Presentation at Sandpoint Community Hall

Jack will be in Sandpoint to speak about biscuitroots to the Native Plant Society on Saturday morning, January 27.

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C-Span Interview

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in News | Comments Off on C-Span Interview

Here is an interview Jack did about Ancient Places along scenic Hangman Creek in Spokane

Date Change for Colville Public Library Event

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Date Change for Colville Public Library Event

The date has changed from August 8th to August 7th for “A Possible Friend: William Morley Manning and Families of Chief Joseph, William Three Mountains, and Masseslow” event at Colville Public Library. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Montana’s Pioneer Botanists

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Montana’s Pioneer Botanists

Montana’s Pioneer Botanists

Jack has written the introduction to Montana’s Pioneer Botanists, a long-awaited publication of the Montana Native Plant Society. Edited by Rachel Potter & Peter Lesica, this beautiful book includes biographies of Montana’s iconic plant collectors written by some of today’s most respected naturalists and scientists.

To find out more, visit

Montana's Pioneer Botanists Cover

Ancient Places

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Ancient Places

Download the PDF file .