Vermont Council on World Affairs & Fletcher Free Library, Burlington
to present author Mike Bond discussing the ivory trade, the dire plight
of the elephants, and his new novel, The Last Savanna
At present poaching rates, African and Asian elephants are estimated to become extinct by 2025. Animal and environmental activist Mike Bond is working hard to get out the message before it’s too late. Through his socially conscious new thriller, THE LAST SAVANNA (Mandevilla Press; January 15, 2014), Bond fights to raise awareness about the very real possibility that our grandchildren will never share the earth with a living elephant—unless we do something to change that. Published in January 2014, the book is based on his real-life experiences helping to fight elephant poachers in Africa.
The Last Savanna is an unflinching look at the beauty and violence of Africa, the horror of the slaughter of the great beasts, the delicate balance of tribal life, the growth of terrorism and the timeless landscape. Its insights into how elephant poaching and drug sales are used to fund Islamic terrorist activities by Al Qaeda offshoots like Al-Shabaab are shockingly relevant and little known. And, as Bond points out, “at the heart of the book is the truth that preserving East African wildlife is the best way to fight fundamentalism. The animals are not only essential to the environment; they fuel tourism, which in turn fuels the economy.”
MIKE BOND has been called the “master of the existential thriller” by the BBC and “one of the 21st century’s most exciting authors” by the Washington Times. A bestselling novelist, environmental activist, advisor to U.S. and foreign governments, international energy expert, war and human rights correspondent, and award-winning poet, he’s lived and worked in many remote, dangerous parts of the world, including thirty countries on six continents.
What: Book Presentation and Signing/Discussion about Elephants and the Ivory Trade
Who: Bestselling novelist and environmental activist Mike Bond
Where: Fletcher Free Library: 235 College Street in Burlington
When: Earth Day 2014 (April 22) from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Food and Drink will be served