Author to discuss Columbia River kayak journey at Lewiston Library event

Laurie Case Wilhite wants to give audience members a taste of her adventures when she discusses her book “Paddle to the Pacific: A journey of reflection on the Columbia River.”

Wilhite, from Goldendale, Wash., will be at the Lewiston City Library Event Space at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, discussing the book, leading a kayak safety activity and sharing a slideshow of photos taken from her kayak, accompanied by her husband’s guitar music.

“And so the audience gets to just kind of relax and feel like they’re on the river with us,” Wilhite said.

The book was a way for her to document the geology, wildlife and learning experiences she had as she paddled stretches of the Columbia over a two-year period, ultimately covering it from the John Day Dam to the Pacific Ocean.

“I grew up along the Columbia River, and when I retired from teaching I wanted to slow down and just get to know the river better,” she said.

She’ll sign copies of the book, which will be for sale at the event for $26, cash only. Greeting cards with photos from her journey are $5 each or $20 for five. Her book also will be for sale at And Books Too in Clarkston.

More information about her journey and the book is at