We’re thrilled to have Peter Heller return to the National Writers Series. This time, he’s bringing The River, a tale of wilderness survival and a friendship tested by fire, white water and violence.
Peter Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a former contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award-winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. His novels include The Dog Stars (2012), The Painter (2014) and Celine (2017).
In The River, Wynn and Jack, best friends since freshman orientation, share a love of mountains, books, and fishing. On a canoe trip in northern Canada, a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. They hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, but their search for the pair turns up nothing and no one. The next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone.
Heller is no stranger to adventure. He traveled the world as an expedition kayaker, writing about descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucuses, Central America and Peru.