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A James River Guidebook Coming Soon

They’re donating 5,000 copies to organizations that have requested them for their missions, such as Sportable and the Science Museum of Virginia




Author John Bryan is getting ready to publish his latest book which is a love letter to the wonder that is the James River. A James River Guide features 256 pages of full color with all sorts of tips and tidbits to enhance your knowledge of our James River.

Whether you’re a long-time Richmonder …

… or a first-time visitor, a fast-moving energizer or a slow-moving relaxer, a devotee of art and history or a lover of woods and waters, a wise-eyed 80-year-old or a wide-eyed 8-year-old – no matter what or who you are, this book is your guide to a cityload of fascinating experiences in, on, and along America’s best urban waterway: fast-water kayaking and calm-water swimming, lively walkways and secluded woodsways, provocative history and evocative art, granite-wall climbing and mountain-trail biking, wheel-friendly pathways and family-friendly festivals.

I found out first-hand that one way that he is telling the story of the James is through quick photos and conversations with folks along the river. You’ll be happy to know that I made the cut and my mug will gracing the pages.

The book is a philanthropic endeavor. They’re donating 5,000 copies to organizations that have requested them for their missions. For example, Sportable, an organization that works will persons who have physical disabilities, will use the books as it teaches its members how to safely enjoy the river. The Science Museum of Virginia will also use the books in its educational programs. And if the book makes any money from sales, all profits will be given to worthy nonprofit organizations throughout the Richmond region.

You can pre-order a copy here with a 40% discount for orders placed before March 1st.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.