Trevor Carolan’s eagerness for encountering faraway peoples and places equals Paul Theroux’s excitement when he hits the road again in To the Ends of the Earth .
Veteran globe-trotter Trevor Carolan conjures 19 evocative road tales for armchair and seasoned travellers alike. A harvest of encounters with intriguing people, remarkable landscapes and cultures, his reportage sings with a love of food, art, literature, music and wine. Ranging from Bali to California, Cuba to Laos and Hawaii, wild British Columbia, new Poland and old Ireland, these meditations in search of an authentic life invite you to journey along to Morocco’s Sahara and to Buddhist temples in Mother India, meet Janis Joplin and B. B. King on the road, discover Lisbon’s beloved fado singers or drift on a slow boat down the Mekong. Whether it’s living the artist’s life in France and Madrid or dancing your prayers at a Burning Man-generational forest rave, this is travel writing for a world in need of joy and renewal.
Trevor Carolan began writing as a backpacking reporter for The Columbian newspaper while in high school in 1968 and has since visited more than 50 countries. His work includes many books of non-fiction, poetry, and anthologies. He has held a number of senior arts appointments during his career, and was elected municipal councillor in North Vancouver following campaigns on behalf of Indigenous land claims and watershed conservation issues. He received a PhD in International Relations from Bond University, Queensland, for studies in Literature, Ecology, and Ideas of the Sacred in the Global Age. His documentary film Cascadia: The Life and Breath of the World features many distinguished writers and is based on his co-edited Eco-Lit collection of the same title which received a Best American Essays Citation in 2013. His books include Giving Up Poetry: With Allen Ginsberg at Hollyhock; Return to Stillness: Twenty Years with a Tai Chi Master; The Literary Storefront: The Glory Years, Vancouver's Literary Centre 1978-1985; In Formless Circumstance: Poems from the Road & Home; and New World Dharma: Encounters with Buddhist Teachers, Writers, and Leaders. The long-time International Editor of Pacific Rim Review of Books, Carolan reads internationally, frequently with musicians, and is Professor Emeritus at University of the Fraser Valley.
“As an international backpacker and hiker, I revelled in Carolan’s tales of inspiring friends, culinary and musical encounters, diverse cultures and lands. But particularly meaningful are his profound questions and growing spiritual awareness inspired by thinkers and writers along the ‘dharma trail. ’ A vital record and read for our times. ” – Christina Johnson-Dean, author of The Life and Art of Ina D. D. Uhthoff
“Trevor Carolan travels lightly and insightfully, ever open to the ‘crazy music of what happens. ’ Settle in for the ride, the sights and sounds, the sparkling riffs. ” – Ronald Wright, author of Time Among the Maya
“Trevor Carolan has evolved into one of our most worldly and sophisticated writers while never losing touch with the common man. ” – Alan Twigg, author of Dr Louise Aall: Sixty Years of Healing in Africa
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