In support of the Tierrasanta Village of San Diego
Monday, July 11, 2016, 6:15 pm**
Venue: TDA Church Community Room
11260 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92124
Cost: $10 (includes donation to TVSD)
**6:15-6:30 pm refreshments and Tierrasanta Village pre-talk community social
About the Event
San Diego in July: what you will probably want most is some killer AC and the ability to close your eyes and imagine you are in Antarctica, not sweltering in the heat wave that’s sure to hit. Cracking open My Last Continent you’ll be hit with the chilly air of the wonders of Antarctica and swept up in the tenuous romance of the protagonists, Deb Gardner and Keller Sullivan. Midge Raymond, author of My Last Continent is a penguin enthusiast and award winning writer. Join us for this Tierrasanta Talk Adventure where we will beat-the-heat with a talk by Midge about the Antarctic & penguin research she has taken part in and the environmental inspiration that lead to her stellar debut novel. After the talk, stay seated in the glorious air conditioning and enjoy a screening of the Academy Award winning National Geographic feature length film, March of the Penguins.
About the Book and Author
Midge Raymond's short-story collection, Forgetting English, received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Her writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, Poets & Writers, and many other publications. My Last Continent is her debut novel, though she has also published two books for writers, Everyday Writing and Everyday Book Marketing. Midge lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she is co-founder of the boutique publisher Ashland Creek Press. More than twelve years ago, Midge met her first penguins in Antarctica and fell instantly in love with the incredible animals.When, two years later, she had the opportunity to help the University of Washington’s Dee Boersma with a Magellanic penguin census in Patagonia, she (along with her husband) pounced on the opportunity —not only to help with the amazing research Dee was doing but to learn about, and spend time with, another species of penguin. A decade after her Patagonia penguin adventure, Midge learned that Dee would be a naturalist on board an expedition to the Galápagos Islands — home of the rare and endangered Galápagos penguin —and again jumped at the chance to meet yet another species with the world’s leading penguin expert. Midge's studies of and enthusiasm for penguins can be seen in her new novel, My Last Continent: It is only at the end of the world—among the glacial mountains, cleaving icebergs, and frigid waters of Antarctica—where Deb Gardner and Keller Sullivan feel at home. For the few blissful weeks they spend each year studying the habits of emperor and Adélie penguins, Deb and Keller can escape the frustrations and sorrows of their separate lives and find solace in their work and in each other. But Antarctica, like their fleeting romance, is tenuous, imperiled by the world to the north. A new travel and research season has just begun, and Deb and Keller are ready to play tour guide to the passengers on the small expedition ship that ferries them to their research destination. But this year, Keller fails to appear on board. Then, shortly into the journey, Deb’s ship receives an emergency signal from the Australis, a cruise liner that has hit desperate trouble in the ice-choked waters of the Southern Ocean. Soon Deb’s role will change from researcher to rescuer; among the crew of that sinking ship, Deb learns, is Keller.