In 1700, John Lawson, a young British explorer, undertook a two-month journey through the still-mysterious Carolina backcountry. His travels yielded “A New Voyage to Carolina in 1709,” one of the most significant early American travel narratives, rich with observations about the region’s environment and indigenous people. In 2014, author Scott Huler made a surprising decision: to leave home and family for his own journey by foot and canoe, faithfully retracing Lawson’s route through the Carolinas. Join us to learn about the people and places we might pass regularly but never really see. Discover parallels between Lawson’s time and our own, with the locals and their world poised along a knife-edge of change between a past they can’t forget and a future they can’t quite envision.
A book signing will follow the café program.
About our Speaker
Author Scott Huler, a Piedmont laureate and Raleigh resident, has won several awards for his writing and work on NPR. In addition to “Delicious Country,” he has written several other books of non-fiction, including “Defining the Wind,” “No-Man’s Lands” and “On the Grid.” His work has appeared in newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post, and magazines like Backpacker and ESPN. He has been a Knight-Wallace Fellow at Michigan and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.