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The Deepest Map by Laura Trethewey and Pitfall by Christopher Pollon

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

On Wednesday, February 21st, at 6pm join Massy Arts, Massy Books, Goose Lane Editions and Greystone Books in celebrating the launch of The Deepest Map: The High-Stakes Race to Chart the World’s Oceans by Laura Trethewey with guest Christopher Pollon.

This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

Venue & Accessibility

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.

Registration is free and required for entrance. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-deepest-map-by-laura-trethewey-and-pitfall-by-christopher-pollon-tickets-808261149857?aff=oddtdtcreator

The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.

Please refrain from wearing scents or heavy perfumes.

For more on accessibility including parking, seating, venue measurements and floor plan, and how to request ASL interpretation please visit: massyarts.com/accessibility

Covid Protocols: Masks keep our community safe and are mandatory (N95 masks are recommended as they offer the best protection). We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

About the books:

The Deepest Map: The High-Stakes Race to Chart the World’s Oceans (Goose Lane Editions, 2023)

Five oceans cover approximately seventy per cent of the earth, yet we know little of what lies beneath them. Scientists, investors, militaries, and private explorers are all vying to be the first to completely map the oceans’ floor.

In The Deepest Map, Laura Trethewey chronicles this race to the bottom. Crossing the globe, Trethewey documents Inuit-led crowdsourced mapping in the Arctic as climate change alters the landscape, a Texas millionaire’s efforts to become the first man to dive to the deepest point in each ocean, and investigates the increasingly fraught question of whether and how to mine the deep sea.

Pitfall: The Race to Mine the World’s Most Vulnerable Places (Greystone Books, 2023)

A harrowing journey through the past, present, and future of mining, this expertly-researched account ends on a vision for how industry can better serve the needs of humanity.

A race is on to exploit the last bonanzas of gold, silver, and industrial metals left on Earth. These metals are not only essential for all material comfort and need, but for the transition to clean energy: in the coming decades, billions of tons of copper, nickel, silver, and other metals will be required to build electric vehicles, solar and wind installations, and green infrastructure. We need more metals than ever before, yet the qualities and quantities are diminishing, making the extraction process more polluting to land, air and water. And most of these metals will be mined from the global south, where social conflict will only grow, led by Indigenous peoples demanding a greater say in how their wealth is used.

About the authors:

Laura Trethewey is an author and ocean journalist whose writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Atlantic, and the Walrus. Her first book, The Imperilled Ocean, was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Selection. In The Deepest Map, she continues to explore the mysteries of the oceans and their watery depths.

Christopher Pollon is an independent journalist who reports on the politics of natural resources, focusing on mining, oceans, and energy. His work has appeared in dozens of publications, including National Geographic, VICE, the Walrus, the Tyee, and the Globe and Mail. He is also the author of The Peace in Peril: The Real Cost of the Site C Dam. He lives in Vancouver, BC.


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