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Lands of Lost Borders
Out of Bounds on the Silk Road
By (author): Kate Harris
9780345816788 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers May 07, 2019
$21.00 CAD
Active 5.51 x 8.13 x 0.83 in 320 pages 8-PAGE PHOTOS ON TEXT STOCK Knopf Random Vintage Canada Vintage Canada
 
BC Book Prize's Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize 2019, Short-listed Banff Mountain Book Competition 2018, Winner Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction 2019, Short-listed Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 2019, Winner RBC Taylor Prize 2019, Winner
NATIONAL BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE RBC TAYLOR PRIZE

“Every day on a bike trip is like the one before—but it is also completely different, or perhaps you are different, woken up in new ways by the mile.”


As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she most craved—that of a generalist explorer, equal parts swashbuckler and philosopher—had gone extinct. From her small-town home in Ontario, it seemed as if Marco Polo, Magellan and their like had long ago mapped the whole Earth. So she vowed to become a scientist and go to Mars.

To pass the time before she could launch into outer space, Kate set off by bicycle down a short section of the fabled Silk Road with her childhood friend Mel Yule, then settled down to study at Oxford and MIT. Eventually the truth dawned on her: an explorer, in any day and age, is by definition the kind of person who refuses to live between the lines. And Harris had soared most fully out of bounds right here on Earth, travelling a bygone trading route on her bicycle. So she quit the laboratory and hit the Silk Road again with Mel, this time determined to bike it from the beginning to end.

Weaving adventure and deep reflection with the history of science and exploration, Kate Harris offers a travel narrative at once exuberant and meditative, wry and rapturous, about the nature of limits and the wildness of a world that, like the stars and like our selves, can never be fully mapped.

Publication History: Knopf Canada, HC (01/2018)

KATE HARRIS is a writer, adventurer, and one of Canada’s top modern-day explorers. Her award-winning nature and travel writing has featured in The Walrus, Canadian Geographic Travel, Sidetracked and The Georgia Review, and cited in Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. She has degrees in science from MIT and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in the history of science from Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes scholar. When she isn’t away on expeditions, or reporting on UN environmental negotiations for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Harris lives off-grid in a log cabin on the border of the Yukon, British Columbia and Alaska. Lands of Lost Borders is her first book.

Author Residence: Atlin, BC

Author Hometown: Fergus, ON

Author Website: kateharris.ca/home

Author Social Media: Twitter: @kateonmars | Facebook: www.facebook.com/kateoffmars | Instagram: @kateoffmars

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE 2019 RBC TAYLOR PRIZE

WINNER OF THE 2019 KOBO EMERGING WRITER PRIZE IN NONFICTION

WINNER OF THE 2018 BANFF MOUNTAIN BOOK COMPETITION'S ADVENTURE TRAVEL AWARD

FINALIST FOR THE 2019
HUBERT EVANS NON-FICTION PRIZE (BC BOOK PRIZE)

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 EDNA STAEBLER AWARD FOR CREATIVE NON-FICTION

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOARDMAN TASKER AWARD FOR MOUNTAIN LITERATURE

“Kate Harris packs more exuberant spirit, intrepid charm, wit, poetry and beauty into her every paragraph than most of us can manage in a lifetime. Whether writing of Pony Club or remotest Tibet, her longing for Mars or her days at Oxford, she braids heart, mind and spirit with a wide-awake vitality that inspires wonder. Lands of Lost Borders carried me up into a state of openness and excitement I haven’t felt for years. It’s a modern classic.” —Pico Iyer

“Kate Harris arrives among us like a meteor—a hurtling intelligence, inquiring into the nature of political borders and the meaning of crossing over. The honesty behind her self-doubt, her championing of simple human friendship, and her sheer determination to explore what she does not know, compel you to travel happily alongside her in Lands of Lost Borders.” —Barry Lopez

“This is a hymn to the pure love of travel: a brave and astonishing journey.” —Colin Thubron

"This fascinating book, about an unbridled desire for exploration, completely thrilled me. Getting to ride alongside Kate on her Silk Road journey is the literary adventure of a lifetime." —Leigh Stein, author of Land of Enchantment

“From her vantage point of a student of the history of science, explorer and adventurer, Kate Harris presents a rare and unique vision of world, and explores the nature of boundaries. Unable to realize her childhood dream of travelling to Mars, she decides to trace Marco Polo’s Silk Road by bicycle. Vivid descriptions of the places and people she meets inspire deep and eclectic reflections on the nature of the world, wilderness, and the struggle of humans to define and limit them. This is a book that changes how one thinks about the world and the human compulsion to define it.” —Jury Citation, RBC Taylor Prize

“Extraordinary. . . . Lands of Lost Borders is rich not only because of the adventures it recounts, but in the telling of them. It isn’t so much a travelogue as it is a contemplation of what pushes us out the door and how we change out there in the world before we return to our own little corner of it. . . . You find yourself wanting to linger, rereading passages built of sentences so beautiful they demand to be read out loud—even if no one else is in the room.” —The Globe and Mail

“A tale of beautiful contrasts: broken landscapes and incomparable mountain vistas, repugnant sights and smells and euphoric baklava hangovers, geographic neighbors at war and the moving hospitality of total strangers. . . . Exemplary travel writing: inspiring, moving, heartfelt, and often breathtaking.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A compelling, suspenseful, insightful and elegant travel memoir. . . . This is one that will have you dreaming.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“To write a book that brilliantly captures the humour, the exhaustion, the cultural mosaic and the ever-shifting landscape of such an extensive journey is an equally monumental task. But, to write a book that not only colourfully expresses the wonders of new lands, different cultures and the alternately draining and exhilarating moments of pedalling day after day for six months with lyricism, genuine belly laughs, profound insights and a dazzling pallet of language—now that’s an accomplishment akin to travelling to Mars.” —Rocky Mountain Outlook

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