in partnership with The Carlsbad City Library
About the Event
Adventures by the Book is pleased to partner with the Carlsbad City Library for a Walking to Listen & Building a Better World Free Library Adventure with adventurer and author, Andrew Forsthoefel.
At twenty-three, Andrew Forsthoefel walked out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, his copies of Whitman and Rilke, and a sign that read “Walking to Listen.” He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to being his adult life, but he didn’t know how. So he decided he’d walk. And listen. It would be a cross-country quest for guidance, and everyone he met would be his guide.
Join us at The Carlsbad Library for an author talk on Walking to Listen and the lessons Andrew learned as he walked across the United States. Guests will hopefully leave this event with an idea of how to answer the existential questions Andrew once asked himself: "How to find unity in diversity? How to stay connected, even as fear works to tear us apart?" and be one step closer to 'building a better world'.
Your Adventure includes an author talk on this amazing 4000 mile journey across America, Q&A, and book signing.
About the Author and Book
Andrew Forsthoefel is a writer, radio producer, and public speaker. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2011, he spent nearly a year walking across the United States. He first recounted part of that journey in a radio story featured on This American Life. He now facilitates workshops on walking and listening as practices in personal transformation, interconnection, and conflict resolution. He is currently based in Northampton, Massachusetts.
At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel walked out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, his copies of Whitman and Rilke, and a sign that read "Walking to Listen." He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to begin his adult life, but he didn't know how. So he decided he'd walk. And listen. It would be a cross-country quest for guidance, and everyone he met would be his guide. Walking toward the Pacific, he faced an Appalachian winter and a Mojave summer. He met beasts inside: fear, loneliness, doubt. But he also encountered incredible kindness from strangers. Thousands shared their stories with him, sometimes confiding their prejudices, too. Often he didn't know how to respond. How to find unity in diversity? How to stay connected, even as fear works to tear us apart? He listened for answers to these questions, and to the existential questions every human must face, and began to find that the answer might be in listening itself.
Ultimately, it's the stories of others living all along the roads of America that carry this journey and sing out in a hopeful, heartfelt book about how a life is made, and how our nation defines itself on the most human level.
Event is free and open to the public and registration is not necessary. However, seating is limited and expected to fill quickly, so stay tuned to learn how you can obtain your free tickets for admission. Information available soon at Carlsbad City Library.
Books will be available at the event for purchase and signing, or pre-order a signed copy below of Walking to Listen to be delivered at the event.