National Geographic’s Explorer for the Millennium, Wade Davis, to speak in West Van
West Vancouver, BC – National Geographic's Explorer for the Millennium, Wade Davis, captures the extraordinary world of indigenous cultures in breathtaking photographs and captivating stories that are a tour to force of new ideas. On November 19, Davis will be in West Vancouver for an intimate evening of compelling storytelling, hosted by the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation (WVMLF).
WVMLF Event Chairwoman Jo-Ann Wood says, "Wade Davis is an exceptional author and scholar who will take us on an unforgettable adventure for this special evening. Best of all, the proceeds raised from this event will go to a cause that we can all embrace, our wonderful Memorial Library."
In recent years, Davis' work has taken him from the jungles of South America, to the mountains and islands of the Far East, the outback of Australian and the high Artic of Nunuvut and Greenland. He has lived, for months at a time among the people he writes about and has a deep understanding of how human language, behaviour, imagination and cultural traditions shape experience.
An anthropologist, author and explorer, Davis has published on such subjects as Haitian voodoo, Amazonian myth and religion, the global biodiversity crisis, the traditional use of psychotropic drugs, and the ethnobotony of South American Indians. His recent books include the Samuel Johnson Prize winner and Governor General's Literary Award nominee Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest (2011) and The Sacred Headwaters: the Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena and the Nass (2011). The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986) is an international best seller that was later released by Universal as a motion picture.
His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series produced for the National Geographic. In 2009 he received the Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contributions to anthropology and conservation, and he is the 2011 recipient of the Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers' Club, and the 2012 recipient of the Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration.
The intimate evening event will take place at the venerable Capilano Golf & Country Club and feature a welcome reception and formal dinner. A Q&A session and book signing will follow the presentation.
For more information, contact the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation at 604.925.7425.
Nicole Brown, Foundation Director