Tuesday, March 20, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books welcomes acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner, who will sign and discuss his new book, Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage!
In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie’s route by canoe in a grueling journey—and discovered the Passage he could not find while battling exhaustion, exposure, mosquitoes, white water rapids and the threat of bears. Disappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports readers back to the heroic age of North American exploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fragile Arctic wilderness in the process of profound alteration by the dual forces of globalization and climate change.
“Whether recounting the historic search for the Northwest Passage or his own epic journey on the Mackenzie River, Castner is an able guide, a steady hand, a voice of reason. You’ll want to sit in his canoe and ride this out." —Dean King, Skeletons on the Zahara
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Disappointment River from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.