Santa Fe novelist, John Nichols, has published his latest book, The Annual Big Arsenic Fishing Contest!, which is set in the Big Arsenic Springs of the Wild River segment of the Rio Grande above Questa. Nichols has fished up and down the river for about 40 years, from Pilar to the Wild River section, and his story has rich and poetic descriptions of this section of the river. This novella is about middle-age male bonding, about the love of fly fishing and about the love of New Mexico. The contest in the title is an at times friendly, at times cutthroat, trout fishing competition among three buddies, which begins as a boisterous story and evolves into an allegory with tragic overtones.
Nichols is best-known as the author of the 1974 classic novel The Milagro Beanfield War.
Link to book on Amazon.