Author will recount grizzly bear attack

A Duluth author and photographer will share about his deadly encounter with a grizzly bear on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Scout & Morgan Books, 114 Buchanan Street N, Cambridge.

Alex Messenger will present his new book, “The Twenty-Ninth Day,” a thrilling memoir of wilderness adventure and survival.

This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts 17-year-old Messenger’s near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra. Twenty-nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Messenger is attacked by a barren-ground grizzly. Left for dead, he wakes to find that his summer adventure has become a struggle to stay alive. 

Over the next hours and days, Messenger and his five companions tend his wounds and use their resilience, ingenuity and perseverance to reach help at a remote village a thousand miles north of the U.S.-Canadian border.

In the decade afterward, he worked as a wilderness guide and volunteer search-and-rescue operator. His love of adventure, nature, and cultures has taken him all over the globe, but the north woods and canoe country have always been among his favorite subjects. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Men’s Journal, National Parks magazine, Outside Online, and Backpacker magazine.

For information call the bookstore at 763-689-2474.  

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