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December 5, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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"Sasquatch" Writer John Zada: Live Online

Saturday, December 5, 2020

A conversation and Q&A with the journalist about his book "In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch"

Join us for a live interview with John Zada, author of "In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch," on YouTube at Watch live or later at the same link.

This fascinating book explores the field of sasqualogy and the idiosyncratic culture that has formed around the search for proof of Bigfoot. Zada traveled extensively through Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest and interviewed First Nations communities with rich histories of sasquatch sightings and stories. The accomplished photojournalist will talk about these experiences and share images from his trip to one of North America’s most remote and beautiful wilderness areas.

"In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond" is an evocative work of nature writing traversing the world’s largest temperate rainforest to uncover the legend of the Sasquatch. For centuries, locals have reported encounters with the Sasquatch -- a species of hairy man-ape that could inhabit this pristine wilderness.

Driven by his childhood obsession with the Sasquatch, yet trying to remain objective, journalist John Zada sought out the people and stories surrounding this enigmatic creature. Among many contacts, he spoke with local Indigenous peoples and a Sasquatch-studying scientist, and hiked with a former bear hunter.

Ultimately, he found himself on a quest for something infinitely more complex, cutting across questions of human perception, scientific inquiry, Indigenous traditions, the environment, and the power of the human imagination to believe in -- or to outright dismiss -- one of nature’s last great mysteries.

John Zada is a writer, photographer, and journalist drawn to stories about adventure and far-flung parts of the world. He has worked in over two dozen countries and spent years as a journalist in the Middle East. His work has appeared widely, including in the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Explore, CBC, Al Jazeera, BBC, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.