Liz Cunningham and Arlene Blum - An Afternoon in Conversation

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:00pm

Ocean Country: One Woman's Voyage from Peril to Hope in Her Quest to Save the Seas is an adventure story, a call to action, and a poetic meditation on the state of the seas. But most importantly it is the story of finding true hope in the midst of the rapidly degrading state of our environment. After a near-drowning accident in which she was temporarily paralyzed, Liz Cunningham crisscrosses the globe in an effort to understand the threats to our dazzling but endangered oceans. This intimate account charts her thrilling journey through unexpected encounters with conservationists, fishermen, sea nomads, and scientists in the Mediterranean, Sulawesi, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Papua, and New Guinea.

Liz Cunningham is the author of Talking Politics: Choosing the President in the Television Age. She has written for Earth Island Journal, East Bay Express, the Marin Poetry Center Anthology, The Outward Bound International Journal, Times of the Islands, and The San Francisco Chronicle. She has collaborated with institutions such as the Academy for Educational Development, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Tides Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. She also serves on the board of Outward Bound Peacebuilding and holds a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

In August 1978, thirteen women left San Francisco for the Nepal Himalaya to make history as the first Americans and the first women to scale the treacherous slopes of Annapurna I, the world's tenth highest peak. Expedition leader Arlene Blum tells their dramatic story: the logistical problems, storms, and hazardous ice climbing; the conflicts and reconciliations within the team; and the terror of avalanches that threatened to sweep away camps and climbers. On October 15, two women and two Sherpas at last stood on the summit but two days later, the two women of the second summit team fell to their deaths. By proving that women had the skill, strength, and courage necessary to make this difficult and dangerous climb, the 1978 Women's Himalayan Expedition's accomplishment had a positive impact around the world, changing perceptions about women's abilities in sports and other arenas. Annapurna: A Woman's Place has become an acknowledged classic of women's achievements as a story of challenge and commitment told with passion, humor, and unflinching honesty.

Arlene Blum is a keynote speaker, leadership and intercultural trainer, mountaineer, biochemist, and author. Blum has a doctorate in biophysical chemistry and has taught at Stanford University, Wellesley College, and the University of California, Berkeley. She lives with her teenage daughter in Berkeley, California.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Ocean Country: One Woman's Voyage from Peril to Hope in her Quest To Save the Seas Cover Image
By Liz Cunningham, Carl Safina (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781583949603
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Published: North Atlantic Books - September 8th, 2015

Ocean Country is an adventure story, a call to action, and a poetic meditation on the state of the seas. But most importantly it is the story of finding true hope in the midst of one of the greatest crises to face humankind, the rapidly degrading state of our environment.


Annapurna: A Woman's Place Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781619026032
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 15th, 2015

In August 1978, thirteen women left San Francisco for the Nepal Himalaya to make history as the first Americans--and the first women--to scale the treacherous slopes of Annapurna I, the world's tenth highest peak.