Manitowish River Press Authors
John Bates is the author of ten books on the Northwoods and Upper Midwest, and a contributor to eight others. John has been featured on Wisconsin Public Television, PBS news "Brief But Spectacular", and has been a frequent guest on Wisconsin Public Radio. He has worked as a state forest naturalist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and owns Trails North, a naturalist guide service. He also conducts outdoor classes for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, the North Lakeland Discovery Center, and many others, and gives presentations to numerous organizations. For thirty-four years he has written a biweekly column, "A Northwoods Almanac," for the Lakeland Times in Minocqua, Wisconsin.
Mary Burns expresses her love of northern woodlands and waters in her weavings and writings. Mary's first novel Heartwood(2003) is a fantasy/natural history novel for young adults. She is a contributor to A Place to Which We Belong: Wisconsin Writers on Wisconsin Landscapes (1998). An award-winning weaver, she weaves custom designed hand-woven rugs and wall pieces. Mary also creates tapestries and felted work that reflect the hues and patterns of the natural world. Mary and John live in northern Wisconsin.