Mark Spitzer has caught and studied gar all over the planet, leading to an appearance on Animal Planet's River Monsters. He also consulted for National Geographic's Monster Fish episode on the alligator gar. The author of 21 books, including fiction, poetry, translations, and nonfiction, Spitzer is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas, USA and the editor of Toad Suck Review.
"In Return of the Gar Mark Spitzer is fighting the good fight, teaching us about a fish that's in trouble and explaining to us why we should care--one quirky story at a time."--Zeb Hogan, host of National Geographic's Monster Fish series "A timely work about an important subject."--Jeremy Wade, host of Animal Planet's River Monsters TV show "In the tradition of activists who speak up for those without a voice, Spitzer is on a crusade to save the gar. He's also going to have some fun while doing so. . . . a pleasure to read."--Susan Cohen, co-editor Shorewords: A Collection of American Women's Coastal Writings "Highly readable, entertaining and engaging. . . excellent attention to detail."--Solomon R. David, research associate, Shedd Aquarium "This isn't a dry retelling of gar research--Spitzer adds dollops of humor and can tell a tale to make any truth-stretching angler proud. He explains why gar are important and what they are up against if they are to survive."--Arkansas Wildlife "Enhanced with numerous photographs, Return of the Gar by Mark Spitzer is exceptionally well written, organized and presented."--Midwest Book Review