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Martin Mitchinson comes to Vancouver Island this May:


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Martin Mitchinson, author of The Darien Gap: Travels in the Rainforest of Panama, comes to Vancouver Island this May, and will be presenting a talk and slideshow at the following locations:

· COURTENAY: Thursday May 22nd at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm tickets are $6 for general public, $5 for museum members, at the Courtenay & District Museum (207 4th St). Books sold by Laughing Oyster.
· TOFINO: Friday, May 23rd at 8:00 pm at the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre (370 Campbell St). Books will be sold by Mermaid Tales Bookshop.
· CAMPBELL RIVER: Martin will present a talk and slideshow on Saturday May 24th, at 4:00pm at Coho Books (1074 Shoppers Row).
· UCLUELET: Sunday, May 25th at 4:30 pm at Wild Heather Books (1576 Imperial Lane).

Fascinated by tales of Darien, writer Martin Mitchinson sailed into the heart of the province aboard his thirty-six-foot ketch, moved in with a native family and spent the next eighteen months travelling the province by foot and dugout canoe. After being swept under a jungle river at night and trapped in mangrove swamps, he eventually crossed the continental divide from Caribbean Sea to Pacific waters along the historic route of the Spanish explorer Balboa. But Mitchinson’s greatest achievement was in coming to understand the real Darien—a captivating land with an exotic history of pirates, conquistadores, native tribes and tragic adventurers. Through his words and photographs, the reader is introduced to the people of Darien who share the same struggles faced by indigenous groups the world over. Like the greatest travel writing it is also a deeply affecting story about a man finding himself as he explores the unknown.