Author Talks

Join us at the VPL for an author talk with Nick Vander Puy author of Water Protectors: The HELP Campaign to Save the Penokees

Thursday March 30, 6 pm Vaughn Library Community Meeting Room  water protectors

From 2013-14, during the coldest winter of the past century, a coalition of tribal citizens, environmentalists and neighbors occupied treaty protected lands in the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin. Their act of civil disobedience, the Harvest Education Learning Project, known as the HELP Camp, successfully halted a  multinational mineral corporation's plan for mountaintop removal in the Lake Superior watershed.  In the years since, the camp has continued to be a powerful inspiration for grassroots activism and community resistance to environmental, economic and cultural exploitation. Drawn from firsthand, independent reporting, this book presents their story for Water Protectors everywhere.


After studying philosophy in college, Nick Vander Puy has worked in a variety of livelihoods--Teamster, Public Radio Reporter and Fishing guide. He currently leads a seasonal life, guiding, gathering wild rice, fishing, hunting, netting and making maple sugar in northern Wisconsin.