Magdalena: Wade Davis in Conversation with Ian Gill

Host: Ian Gill

Magdalena: Wade Davis in Conversation with Ian Gill

Wednesday, Oct 21
Live on Zoom

Author and renowned National Geographic explorer Wade Davis has fascinated people around the world by capturing the essence of places; awakening in his readers a longing for worlds thousands of miles away. What happens when the explorer himself falls for one magnificent place in particular? The answer is Magdalena: a tribute and love letter to Colombia, the first country that gave Davis a license to be free. He shares intimate stories of travelling the mighty Magdalena river: a corridor of commerce and fountain of culture for Colombian music, literature, poetry and prayer. His long-time friend and award-winning environmental writer, Ian Gill, asks him about this majestic place and corresponding book. Listen in as they discuss the experiences that captured Davis’ heart and share tales of a country often shrouded in mystery. Don’t miss this intimate and expansive discussion.

Community Partner: Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre.

IAN GILL is a writer, filmmaker and social entrepreneur who founded and led Ecotrust Canada and served as CEO of Ecotrust Australia. He has been a reporter and editor for the Vancouver Sun and CBC. He is also now a regular columnist for The Tyee. His groundbreaking work of nonfiction, No News is Bad News, explores what’s happening to our newsrooms—and where the future of journalism, and democracy, may lie.

Event Participants:

Wade Davis

British Columbia

WADE DAVIS is the author of twenty books, including One River, The Wayfinders and Into the Silence, which won the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, the top award for literary nonfiction in the English language. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 1999 to 2013, he is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.