Douglas Preston is the author of over 30 books, both fiction and nonfiction, 24 of which have been New York Times bestsellers. Don’t miss his author talk at 1 p.m. at the Southport Memorial Library Saturday, Aug. 31.
Before becoming a writer, he worked as an editor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. His first novel, “Relic,” co-authored with Lincoln Child, launched the Pendergast series of novels.
His latest nonfiction book, “The Lost City of the Monkey God,” published in January 2017, tells the true story of the discovery of an ancient, Pre-Columbian city in an unexplored valley deep in the Mosquitia Mountains of Honduras. Preston climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane, three -quarters of a century after conquistador Cortes, carrying a machine that would change everything: LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), an expensive laser technology on loan from NASA that could map the terrain under the dense rainforest canopy to a resolution within three feet. That flight revealed for the first time an unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing proof of not just the mythical city but an entire lost civilization – contemporaries of, but distinct from the Mayans.
The author plans to give a 40-minute presentation of slides and video of the search for and discovery of the Lost City. There will be time for questions afterwards.
Douglas Preston has also continued a career in journalism. He writes about archaeology, history and paleontology for the New Yorker magazine, as well as for Smithsonian, National Geographic, Harper's and the Atlantic. In the course of his journalistic profession Preston has explored lost temples in the jungles of Cambodia, been the first to enter a tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, and ridden on horseback across thousands of miles of the American Southwest-which earned him membership in the elite "Long Riders Guild."
For more information about this author visit https://www.prestonchild.com.
This program is free. Refreshments will be served! The library is located at 1032 Hendricks Hill Road, Southport Island. For more information, call 633-2741.