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David Goodrich: A Voyage Across an Ancient Ocean (in conversation with Andrea Hansell)

The Ivy is so excited to welcome David Goodrich for a reading and conversation about his book A Voyage Across an Ancient Ocean: A Bicycle Journey Through the Northern Dominion of Oil. David will be in conversation with Andrea Hansell. This event will take place in-person on our back patio.

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Recently recovered from his epic bicycle journey that took him from the Delaware shore to the Oregon coast, distinguished climate scientist David Goodrich sets out on his bike again to traverse the Western Interior Seaway—an ancient ocean that once spread across half of North America. When the waters cleared a geologic age ago, what was left behind was vast, flat prairie, otherworldly rock formations, and oil shale deposits.

As Goodrich journeys through the Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park and across the prairies of the upper Midwest and Canada, we get a raw and ground-level view of where the tar sands and oil reserves are being opened up at an incredible and unprecedented pace. Extraordinary and unregulated, this “black goldrush” is boom and bust in every sense. In a manner reminiscent of John McPhee and Rachel Carson, combined with Goodrich’s wry self-deprecation and scientific expertise, A Voyage Across an Ancient Ocean is a galvanizing and adventure-filled read that gets to the heart of drilling on our continent.

Dr. David Goodrich worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, retiring as Director of Climate Observations. Earlier in his career, he spent four years on NOAA ships, including two years on Chesapeake Bay. He also served as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to the bicycle trip from Alberta to North Dakota, he has ridden from Delaware to Oregon and later followed Harriet Tubman’s route from Maryland to Ontario. Most recently, he rode across North America’s largest oil field, the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico. His earlier book was A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the United States. He lives in Maryland.

Andrea Hansell studied Creative Writing at Princeton University. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan and practiced as a psychotherapist in Ann Arbor for many years. She currently lives in Rockville, Maryland, and has been a Writer’s Center member and participant since 2013. She is a script writer and consultant for The Glowmedia Project, a local nonprofit group which creates films for mental health education. Her essays and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications including LilithLascaux ReviewIntima, and Minerva Rising.






Event Details

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 6:00pm


The Ivy Bookshop, Back Patio
5928 Falls Rd
Baltimore, MD 21209

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