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Jon Turk to Discuss ‘Tracking Lions, Myth and Wilderness in Samburu’
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BY KAREN BOSSICK

Jon Turk, who has graced the world with numerous books chronicling his outdoor adventures, is back with another tale.

He will discuss his newest book “Tracking Lions, Myth and Wilderness in Samburu” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at The Community Library. Register to attend in person at https://thecommunitylibrary.libcal.com/event/9114385. Or, watch on Vimeo live or later at https://vimeo.com/700874899.

Turk’s newest high-adventure narrative is set on the unforgiving savannah in Kenya where Turk explores the aboriginal wisdoms that have endowed Stone Age ancestors with the power to survive. He will examine how myth, art, music, dance and ceremony have been hijacked and distorted since within our urban, scientific world.

His book is billed as a provocative look at the vital connection between human beings, the natural world and meaningful knowledge. And Turk tells it from the point of view of someone who’s been the tracker and the tracked as he tracks a lion with a headman and later eludes human assailants who may be tracking him.

A book signing will follow.

Turk, who grew up in the woods of Connecticut, attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and Brown University where he earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. He now splits his time between Darby, Mont., and Fernie, B.C., when he isn’t sailing through ice bergs hiking across savannahs.

He was nominated by National Geographic as one of the Top Ten Adventurers of the Year in 2012 and has published four other adventure books: “In the Wake of Jomon,” “Cold Oceans,” “The Raven’s Gift” and “Crocodiles and Ice."

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