About the Confluence Book

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Confluence: Rivers and Streams in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, expected from George F. Thompson Publishing in Fall 2022, is a book that creates a comprehensive portrait of the entire watershed through color panoramic photographs of the river and stream confluences within it.

Photographs in the book will be arranged in three regional groupings, each progressing from headwaters to bay. The first group includes rivers and streams generally north and northwest of Chesapeake Bay in New York and Pennsylvania; the second group includes rivers and streams to the west of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, DC; and the third group includes rivers and streams on Delmarva Peninsula in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

The book’s front and back matter will include an essay about my photography work by Seth Feman, Deputy Director for Art and Interpretation and Curator of Photography at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, an introduction to the book written by Scott Jost, detailed interpretive captions for the photographs, facts and figures about Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, and an “About the Craft” page explaining how and why the photographs were made. The book will also include 10 short vignettes of approximately 750–1,000 words each, written by leaders in nonprofit, scholarly, administrative, political, and grassroots efforts to preserve and restore Chesapeake Bay and its watershed,

The goal is to create a 176-page book featuring 70 full-color panoramic photographs in a landscape trim size of 9.5 x 14-inches and a print run of 1,000-1,250 copies. The list price will likely be $45.00.

Upon publication, Confluence: Rivers and Streams in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will form a centerpiece for associated photographic exhibits, lectures, interdisciplinary roundtables and other public events developed in conjunction with nonprofit organizations and targeted to diverse audiences throughout the watershed.

About the Publisher

George F. Thompson Publishing (GFT) publishes titles in geography and landscape studies, environmental and planning history, architecture and photography. In addition to books appearing under the GFT imprint, some projects developed by GFT are published by or in association with partner presses and nonprofit organizations including Liveright/W. W. Norton, Radius Books, the American Land Publishing Project, Denver Art Museum, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Foundation for Landscape Studies, Furthermore (a program of the J. M. Kaplan Foundation), Hubbard Foundation, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Scanlan Foundation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and University of Baltimore Foundation.

Honors and awards include multiple “best-book” honors in 32 academic, artistic, and professional fields, among them awards from the American Historical Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Association of American Geographers, Association of American Publishers, Environmental History Association, New York City Award for Cultural History, PEN Center U.S.A. West, Pioneer America Society, Society of American City and Regional Planning History, Society of Architectural Historians, Society for the History of Technology, and Vernacular Architectural Forum. George Thompson was recognized by pdn (Photo District News) magazine in 2006 as one of eight “players of the year” who are “supporting innovation and bringing fresh perspectives to photography.” He has also received lifetime achievement awards and commendations from the Association of American Geographers, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and Vernacular Architecture Forum.

Please Help Support Confluence: Rivers and Streams in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed!

Please consider making a financial contribution to support publication of Confluence: Rivers and Streams in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. By helping to underwrite this book, you will help to preserve the legacy of one of the world’s most important and rapidly changing natural and cultural landscapes while raising awareness of and concern for broader issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed and local, regional and national waterways everywhere.

Charitable investments for the production costs, which are approximately $45,000.00, will ensure that the list price of this book remains reasonable. Checks should be made payable to ALPP/CSP, noting “Scott Jost” or “Confluence” in the memo line, and sent to George F. Thompson Publishing, 217 Oak Ridge Circle, Staunton, VA 24401-3511. ALPP/CSP is the American Land Publishing Project/Center for the Study of Place, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. All contributions to Confluence: Rivers and Streams in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law. For more information, please contact Scott Jost.

Support for Confluence: Rivers and Streams in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed has been provided by an Arts Council of the Valley Creative Inspiration Grant (2017), Bridgewater College faculty sabbatical leaves (2010, 2017), Bridgewater College Faculty Research grants (2010-2011, 2016-2017), a Maurice L. Mednick Memorial Fellowship (2013), and through the generous support of individual contributors.

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