Losing the Grand Canyon: FAF Presents an unforgettable evening with Kevin Fedarko

As an author/journalist, I know the value of access to government documents. FAF served as a writer’s best friend as I researched The Emerald Mile. Indispensable. FAF is one of a handful of organizations that are making a difference for open government…every day. -Kevin Fedarko

One night only! The First Amendment Foundation presents an evening with Kevin Fedarko, moderated by Florida’s own Diane Roberts on October 11 in Orlando. The event will take place at the beautiful and intimate Orlando Museum of Art.

This evening promises an insightful look into the Grand Canyon, a landscape that now faces an unprecedented array of development projects from every cardinal point of the compass, threatening to damage the integrity of the crown jewel of the National Parks system. Moderated by Diane Roberts, author, columnist, essayist, NPR & BBC commentator, and professor.

An audience Q&A session and book signing for Kevin Fedarko’s The Emerald Mile follows the program.

Kevin will walk you through his epic 800 mile hike through America’s favorite National Park and share some stories behind his acclaimed book The Emerald Milea New York Times bestseller and winner of the National Outdoor Book Award as well as the Reading the West Award.


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When: October 11. 2017, 7pm

Where: Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Kevin Fedarko’s work has taken him to some of the world’s most dramatic places, from Kashmir’s Siachen Glacier to Everest Base Camp and Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. His deepest connection, however, is to the river where he spent six years researching and writing The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon. The book chronicles the most ferocious flood in the modern history of the canyon—a surge that threatened to take out the Glen Canyon Dam while serving as a hydraulic catapult for a trio of intrepid oarsmen and a tiny wooden dory—while opening a window into the remarkable and hidden world at the bottom of perhaps the most iconic and beloved landscape feature in North America.

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Books will be available for sale.

Net proceeds from this event will support the wonderful work of the First Amendment Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transparency in government.

Please remember, FAF relies on donor support to make these events possible and to continue the work of protecting and preserving open government in Florida. Do your part and donate today. FAF is counting on you. Become a member today.


Kevin Fedarko has written for Esquire, National Geographic, the New York Times, and other publications. He studied at Columbia University and Oxford before joining the staff at Time, where he served on the foreign affairs desk, then later worked as a senior editor at Outside. His first book, The Emerald Mile, which was a New York Times bestseller, won the National Outdoor Book Award and the Reading the West Award, and was a finalist for both the PEN Literary Sports Writing Award and the Banff Mountain Book Award. Fedarko lives and works in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Diane Roberts is an eighth-generation Floridian, educated at Florida State and Oxford University. She is the author of four books, including Dream State, a historical memoir of Florida and Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America. She has a BA and an MA from Florida State University, and a BA and Ph.D. from Oxford University. A former member of the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, she is a frequent contributor to the paper, an essayist for National Public Radio and a commentator for the BBC. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Miami Herald, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Times of London, the Guardian, and The New Republic.

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