Thursday, November 8, 2012

Book Spotlight: Arn? Narn. by Bruce Meisterman

Arn? Narn., while telling the true story of a disappearing rural Newfoundland, is also a cautionary chronicle of an imminent world wide concern. In 1992, the Canadian government enacted a cod fishing moratorium on the over 500 year old fishing industry, throwing over 40,000 fisherman out of work. In the next ten years, nearly 20 % of Newfoundland’s population migrated off the large island. Now, 20 years later, the fish have not returned nor have the people.

The implications of this are only now just beginning to be understood. In 2006, Dr. Boris Worm of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia published a paper which received world-wide attention. In it, he predicted that by the middle of this century all stocks of wild, edible fish will be in total collapse. What happened in Newfoundland is expected to occur planet-wide.

Arn? Narn. is a photo-documentary of a culture vanishing before our eyes; perhaps as an early warning to all countries to learn how to manage their resources more carefully. This could very easily happen anywhere.

The title refers to a short conversation in Newfoundland English. It comes from the story of two fishing boats in a Newfoundland bay: one boat is departing, the other returning. The departing boat’s captain yells across his bow, “Arn?” The returning boat’s captain replies, “Narn.” The translation is simple: “Any fish?” “No fish.” That is the tragedy of this story. Through over-fishing, government mismanagement, and greed, the fish are gone.

As a photographer, Bruce Meisterman has worked in areas as diverse as fine art and commercial photography, always looking to meld the two. Originally studying to be a painter, Bruce found that he could express himself and his art more effectively with a camera. Starting out as a photo-journalist with a newspaper, he honed his eye, insight, skills, and story-telling abilities from working with the demands of daily deadlines.

Meisterman has been widely published in numerous publications such as: the New York Times, The Sun magazine, Yankee magazine, Country Journal magazine among many others and has been featured in a number of books. He has had numerous exhibitions ranging from galleries to museums. And his work resides in many private collections. Arn? Narn. is Meisterman’s first book.

He has been a guest lecturer at colleges and universities, religious organizations, and trade groups conducting them in a fashion where he also learns from the process as well as those attending. “We are all teachers to each other. How fortunate that I can be the recipient of a whole room full of teachers’ knowledge. They have made me a much better photographer. The one thing I never want to do is stop learning.”

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Arn? Narn Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Friday, October 19
Guest blogging at My Devotional Thoughts
Monday, October 22
Book reviewed at Book Lover Stop
Tuesday, October 23
Interviewed at As the Pages Turn
Wednesday, October 24
Interviewed at Examiner
Friday, October 26
Interviewed at Divine Caroline
Monday, November 5
Book reviewed at Geo Librarian
Tuesday, November 6
Interviewed at Geo Librarian
Wednesday, November 7
Guest blogging at Shine
Thursday, November 8
Interviewed at American Chronicle
Monday, November 12
Book reviewed at Miki’s Hope
Tuesday, November 13
Guest blogging at Miki’s Hope
Thursday, November 15
Interviewed at Blogher
Friday, November 16
Interviewed at Digital Journal
Monday, November 19
Interviewed at Review From Here
Tuesday, November 20
Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, November 21
Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book
Monday, November 26
Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Tuesday, November 27
Guest blogging at Redroom
Wednesday, November 28
Interviewed at The Writer’s Life
Friday, November 30
Book reviewed at Back to Books
Monday, December 3
Guest blogging at Allvoices
Wednesday, December 5
Interviewed at Examiner
Thursday, December 6
Guest blogging at She Writes
Friday, December 7
Monday, December 10
Guest blogging at Newsvine
Tuesday, December 11
Guest blogging at Open Salon
Wednesday, December 12
Book reviewed at Broken Teepee
Thursday, December 13
Interviewed at Broowaha
Friday, December 14
Book reviewed at Review From Here

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