Matthew Dickerson


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Also check out my new videos on trout, rivers, ecology and fly fishing at the playlist: Wyoming’s Wild and Native Trout .

The Betrayed is in print!  Good news for those of you who read The Gifted and have been awaiting Book 2 of my three-volume fantasy novel The Daegmon War: You need wait no longer. After a change of publishers (and a corresponding delay), The Betrayed is now in print with Archway Books.  You can order a copy direct from the publisher right here: 


or through your favorite independent bookstore such as the Vermont Book Shop


Of course if you haven’t read The Gifted, now is a great time to read it because you can move right on to Book 2 when you finish!  And Book 3, now titled Illengond, is scheduled for release in late Spring of 2017.  As always, I’d be delighted if you can spread the word. Share to your favorite social media the link above and an image of the cover--or better yet, of you holding the book in your hands. Or write a review.

Also recently released (2016) is a new (revised, enhanced, updated, and otherwise improved) edition of my book The Mind and the Machine: what it Means to be Human and Why it Matters.


Since 2014, in addition to my three-volume fantasy novel, I also have several other books.

  1. Trout in the Desert: on Fly Fishing, Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest, a work of creative narrative non-fiction published by Wings Press (2015).  The book feature original linographs from Texas artist Barbara Whitehead.

  2. Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia . Another work of narrative non-fiction about trout, ecology, fly fishing, and friendship. My third book with David O’Hara (and hopefully not the last.)

  3. The Mind and the Machine: What it Means to be Human and Why it Matters

My album “Presence” with Dickerson and Nop is available at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and other outlets for digital music distribution.

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If you’d like an autographed copy of any of these books, and you don’t live close enough to ask me for one personally, you can order a copy through my own favorite local independent book store: the Vermont Book Shop.  I will head down there and autograph it for you.

About Downstream

“The prose is calm, composed, and strong: appropriate there’s a strong and deep current that runs through the book, a current of care. It swept me along, start to finish.” 

    —Bill McKibben (from the Afterword)

''Downstream is an immersion (almost literally) in the streams and rivers of Appalachia in the company of two university professors, friends who through the years have developed both competence and knowledge in fly fishing. From its early pages I was riveted. Their language is exuberant but also disciplined. It didn't take me long to know that it would soon take its place on my bookshelf alongside John Muir and Henry David Thoreau. They are that good.''

     --Eugene H. Peterson

''This book traces and enacts the intricacies of confluence within the Appalachian chain's fissured topography. Just as the rich terminology related to aquatic invertebrates, the life cycle of trout, and fly-tying gathers into a larger ecological, geological, and social vision, so too the distinctive voices of these two fine writers join in a moving dialogue on friendship and family, literature and the land.''

     --John Elder