Ken Ilgunas, "Trespassing Across America"

Ken Ilgunas will be at The Regulator Bookshop to discuss his new book, Trespassing Across America. (You may remember him as the Duke student who lived in his van to get through grad school debt free.) 

Told with sincerity and wit, Trespassing Across America is a fascinating account of one man’s remarkable journey along the Keystone XL pipeline and as well as a meditation on climate change, the beauty of the natural world, and the extremes to which we can push ourselves—both physically and mentally. It started as a farfetched idea—to hike the entire length of the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. But, in the months that followed, it grew into something more for Ken Ilgunas. It became an irresistible adventure—an opportunity to not only draw attention to global warming but to explore his personal limits.

Both a travel memoir and a reflection on climate change, Trespassing Across America is filled with colorful characters, harrowing physical trials, and strange encounters with the weather, terrain, and animals of America’s plains. A tribute to the Great Plains and the people who live there, Ilgunas’s memoir grapples with difficult questions about our place in the world: What is our personal responsibility as stewards of the land? ... Ultimately, Trespassing Across America is a call to embrace the belief that a life lived not half-wild is a life only half-lived.

Ken Ilgunas has worked as an elementary school tutor, an Alaskan tour guide, and a backcountry ranger at the Gates of the Arctic National Park. He’s hitchhiked 10,000 miles across North America and paddled 1,000 miles across Ontario, Canada, in a birch bark canoe. Ilgunas has a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo in history and English, and an M.A. in liberal studies from Duke University. His first book, Walden on Wheels, is a travel memoir about a five-year period of his life when he dealt with student debt. has worked as an elementary school tutor, an Alaskan tour guide, and a backcountry ranger at the Gates of the Arctic National Park. He’s hitchhiked 10,000 miles across North America and paddled 1,000 miles across Ontario, Canada, in a birch bark canoe. Ilgunas has a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo in history and English, and an M.A. in liberal studies from Duke University. He is the author of the travel memoir Walden on Wheels. He currently lives in Benedict, Nebraska.

Event date: 
04/21/2016 - 7:00pm
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Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399175480
Availability: Special Order
Published: Blue Rider Press - April 19th, 2016