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Finding Romance In The Remote Antarctic

Aired 7/28/16 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Finding Romance In The Remote Antarctic

GUEST:

Midge Raymond, author, "My Last Continent"

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The book cover for "My Last Continent" by Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond's "My Last Continent" book signing

When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 28

Where: Warwick's, 7812 Girard Ave.

When writer Midge Raymond went on an expedition to Antarctica in 2004, she was on a small boat with about 100 other people. On board, some naturalists shared their concern that ecosystem was getting disrupted by large cruise ships filled with tourists eager to set foot on the ice continent.

Raymond was quickly inspired to write about the conflict between this vulnerability and the desire to show concerned environmentalists the Antarctic firsthand.

"The isolation appealed to me as well," Raymond said.

Her debut novel, "My Last Continent," is set on board an Antarctica-bound research vessel, with a pair of naturalists playing out their own romantic drama.

Raymond, who with her husband owns a small publishing house devoted to environmentally-conscious fiction, said fiction was the ideal vehicle for her message about climate change.

"We believe in the power of fiction to open hearts and minds to issues, including the environment," Raymond said. "There’s so much non-fiction and I find people shy away from it a little bit. It can be so depressing. Even me, as an environmentalist. Someone who doesn’t believe in climate change would never pick up a book about it, but if they’re interested about shipwrecks, they may pick up my book."

Raymond joins KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday to share her experiences on the seventh continent.

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