About Jo Deurbrouck

Award winning author Jo Deurbrouck is a former whitewater raft guide and a frequent wanderer down the rivers, up the mountains, and through the deserts of the West. She co-authored one previous nonfiction book, authored its revision, and has contributed to the Washington PostChristian Science Monitor, Paddler Magazine, Creative NonfictionThe Spokesman-ReviewThe Vancouver Sun, and others. She holds a M.A. in English from Boise State University. She lives in Idaho with her husband and two dogs, where she is currently at work on another nonfiction book set in her beloved Idaho. 
We asked her to describe this new project. Here’s what she said: “I’m really excited about this book. Anything Worth Doing let me share the river community’s love of rivers, especially free-flowing rivers. This new project feels like a natural next step. It’s about a 99-year-old former prospector who still lives in the Idaho backcountry, and will allow me to share his—and my own—love for our public lands, and my respect for a generation of backwoodsmen who didn’t just love the land: They read it like a book; they depended upon it."
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  • Jo Deurbrouck soaking in natural hot spring pool
  • Close-up photo of grizzly bear in stream by Jo Deurbrouck
  • Owyhee canyonlands scenery
  • Action shot of Jo Deurbrouck raft guiding on the Lochsa River
  • Jo Deurbrouck having fun with cutthroat trout while fly fishing
  • Artistic photo of duck on water by Jo Deurbrouck
  • Feet and flowers with raft on Salmon River
  • Mountain sunset photo by Jo Deurbrouck
  • Jo Deurbrouck gets a face licking from her dog Bonny
  • Jo Deurbrouck whitewater kayaking on the Salmon River
  • Jo Deurbrouck jumping from raft for laughs on Salmon River
  • Jo Deurbrouck with giant fly fishing rod
  • Rafts and beach on Idaho's Main Salmon River
  • Jo Deurbrouck kayaking alone on the Salmon River
  • Jo Deurbrouck hugs Great Basin Wild Rye in canyon country
  • Jo Deurbrouck and her husband jumping from rocks on Salmon River
  • Jo Deurbrouck in whitewater kayak
  • Jo Deurbrouck takes a nap in canyon country
  • Jo Deurbrouck in slot canyon
  • Jo Deurbrouck running Lava rapid on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon
  • Jo Deurbrouck sunset silhouette
  • Jo Deurbrouck and her dog Radar take a break from fishing
  • Jo Deurbrouck showers under natural desert canyon spring
  • flower macro photo by Jo Deurbrouck
This is the front cover of Anything Worth Doing by Jo Deurbrouck- cool huh?


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 2012 National Outdoor Book Award Winner!

“Highly creative and exceptionally well written...an impressive piece of work.”
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