Travel Conference Event: Karen Joy Fowler & Shannon Leone Fowler - Traveling with Ghosts (Corte Madera)

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 7:30pm

2017 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference Event
Free for conference participants; $10 for general public (cost can be applied to purchase of featured book)

In the summer of 2002, Shannon Leone Fowler, a twenty-eight-year-old marine biologist, was backpacking with her fiance and love of her life, Sean. Sean was a tall, blue-eyed, warmhearted Australian, and he and Shannon planned to return to Australia after their excursion to Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand. Their plans, however, were devastatingly derailed when a box jellyfish -- the most venomous animal in the world -- wrapped around Sean's leg, stinging and killing him in a matter of minutes as Shannon helplessly watched. Rejecting the Thai authorities attempt to label Sean's death a "drunk drowning," Shannon ferried his body home to his stunned family -- a family to which she suddenly no longer belonged.

Shattered and untethered, Shannon's life paused indefinitely so that she could travel around the world to find healing. Travel had forged her relationship with Sean, and she hoped it could also aid in processing his death. Though Sean wasn't with Shannon, he was everywhere she went--among the places she visited were Oświęcim, Poland (the site of Auschwitz); war-torn Israel; shelled-out Bosnia; poverty-stricken Romania; and finally to Barcelona, where she first met Sean years before. Ultimately, Shannon had to confront the ocean after her life's first great love took her second great love away.

Cheryl Strayed's Wild meets Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk in Traveling with Ghosts, a beautiful, profoundly moving memorial to those we have lost on our journeys and the unexpected ways their presence echoes in all places -- and voyages -- big and small. 

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Karen Joy Fowler, a PEN/Faulkner and California Book Award winner, is the author of six novels (two of them New York Times bestsellers) and four short story collections. She has been a Dublin IMPAC nominee, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014. She lives in Santa Cruz, California. 

 

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Traveling with Ghosts: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501107795
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 21st, 2017

From grief to reckoning to reflection to solace, a marine biologist shares the solo journey she took--through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond--to find peace after her fiance suffered a fatal attack by a box jellyfish in Thailand.