The Dreamer and the Doctor

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Books | 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


To hear Jack discuss his new book The Doctor and the Dreamer as well as other writings with Columbia Magazine editor Felix Banel, listen below.



Read an interview with Jack about The Dreamer and the Doctor from the Spokesman-Review


Read Jack’s blog essay for Powell’s Bookstore about summer fires in the Northwest, then and now.


Watch Jack’s Pahove Chapter Presentation, where Jack explores how the Leibergs fit into a landscape at once exotic and familiar and how their adventures resonate with issues that we still grapple with today.


Podcast interviews – The Dreamer and the Doctor

October 23, 2018 Spokane author Jack Nisbet and his new book, “The Dreamer and the Doctor”

February 12, 2019 Book review: The Dreamer and the Doctor

Interview with Montana Public Radio

Here is a preliminary list of fall appearances for The Dreamer and the Doctor. More details will be added to the website 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
All Day
Ice Age Flood Institute's Annual Jubilee - Mammoth Bone Finds
All Day
Idaho Native Plant Society's Annual Meeting - John and Carrie Leiberg's Homestead Site