Join authors David George Gordon and Samantha Larson for an in-depth introduction to the Pacific Northwest’s most beloved bivalve, the oyster. Their presentation will begin with the earliest evidence of oyster aquaculture from 11,500 years ago and concludes with contemporary efforts to cultivate oysters, both native and introduced, along our Northwest coasts. Along the way, they’ll reveal the many surprising innovations that have made oysters such an enduringly popular and environmentally sustainable food—including the resurgence of interest in Indigenous people’s traditional sea gardens and clam beds.
Rare photo taken of Native woman collecting shellfish in
1905 at Mud Bay (where our Qwu?gwes archaeological
site is located), using a first-generation Kodak camera,
hence the circular image.
A former science writer for Washington Sea Grant in Seattle, Gordon is the principal author of Heaven on the Half Shell: The Story of the Oyster in the Pacific Northwest, recently revised and updated by University of Washington Press. He has written 22 books on topics ranging from slugs and snails to sharks, gray whales and, yes, Sasquatch.
Samantha Larson is the current science writer for Washington Sea Grant and a major contributor to Heaven on the Half Shell. In addition to her work at WSG, she is a freelance writer who specializes in science, the environment and outdoor adventure. Her writing and reporting has appeared in dozens of online and print publications including Outside, National Geographic, and High Country News.
Friend David George Gordon has written several popular
books, including this one I used in my Anthropology
Classes to serve fried crickets (some of you may have
been in those classes?!). Also he has written: The Secret
World of Slugs and Snails, Field Guide to the Geoduck,
Seals and Sea Lions, Field Guide to Sasquatch, and The
Compleat Cockroach: A Comprehensive Guide to the
most Despised (and Least Understood) Creatures on