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Book Club Q&A With Kate Harris

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Join us for a special book club discussion and Q&A with writer Kate Harris, the author of Lands of Lost Borders

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The WINGS WorldQuest Junior Council is excited to host a book club discussion about Lands of Lost Borders, a travel memoir Kate Harris wrote about crossing the Silk Road by bicycle. Kate, who received the 2010 WINGS Field Research Award, carried the WINGS flag during her Silk Road expedition. This year she also won the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize, a $30,000 award that recognizes the best in Canadian literary non-fiction.

6:30-7:15 - time to mingle, get drinks & snacks at the bar

7:15-8:00 - book discussion

8:00-8:30 - Kate will join us over Skype for a Q&A

The first 20 ticket purchases will get a free copy of the book sent to them (limited to domestic addresses)!

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As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she craved—to be an explorer, equal parts swashbuckler and metaphysician—had gone extinct. From what she could tell of the world from small-town Ontario, the likes of Marco Polo and Magellan had mapped the whole earth; there was nothing left to be discovered. Looking beyond this planet, she decided to become a scientist and go to Mars.

In between studying at Oxford and MIT, Harris set off by bicycle down the fabled Silk Road with her childhood friend Mel. Pedaling mile upon mile in some of the remotest places on earth, she realized that an explorer, in any day and age, is the kind of person who refuses to live between the lines. Forget charting maps, naming peaks: what she yearned for was the feeling of soaring completely out of bounds. The farther she traveled, the closer she came to a world as wild as she felt within.

Lands of Lost Borders, winner of the 2018 Banff Adventure Travel Award and a 2018 Nautilus Award, is the chronicle of Harris’s odyssey and an exploration of the importance of breaking the boundaries we set ourselves; an examination of the stories borders tell, and the restrictions they place on nature and humanity; and a meditation on the existential need to explore—the essential longing to discover what in the universe we are doing here.

Like Rebecca Solnit and Pico Iyer, Kate Harris offers a travel account at once exuberant and reflective, wry and rapturous. Lands of Lost Borders explores the nature of limits and the wildness of the self that can never fully be mapped. Weaving adventure and philosophy with the history of science and exploration, Lands of Lost Borders celebrates our connection as humans to the natural world, and ultimately to each other—a belonging that transcends any fences or stories that may divide us.

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