In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond - In Search of the Sasquatch
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond is an empathetic and elegantly written examination of one of the world’s great legends: the existence and nature of the Sasquatch, a hairy bipedal man-ape said to roam the heavily wooded and secluded Great Bear Rainforest on the central and north British Columbia Coast.
Zada’s Great Bear Rainforest is a character unto itself: a primeval wilderness roughly the size of Ireland, it contains more biomass than anywhere else on the planet and plays host to countless species, including the white Kermode bear, or “spirit bear.” Its long and sprawling coastline is tangled with inlets, passes, and islands, adding up to thirty thousand miles of shoreline—a distance greater than the circumference of the earth. Despite its beauty and vastness, the region continues to fall under threat from human development, particularly in attempts to build pipelines for fracking.
In the end, Zada is as interested in finding out once and for all if the Sasquatch exists as he is fascinated by our relentless desire to answer definitively this very question of existence, and what this desire tell us about ourselves individually and as a culture.
Sasquatch has fans both obsessive and conventional, from paranormal fanatics to acclaimed primatologist Jane Goodall. This book will appeal to believers across this spectrum, as well as to skeptics as it deftly interweaves myth with history, psychology, environmentalism, economics, and finally the universal human impulse to believe in the impossible and otherworldly.
We have already received three glowing blurbs from well-known travel writers and adventurers, and we are seeking additional support from writers like Rebecca Solnit, Elizabeth Marshall-Thomas, Bill Bryson, and Wade Davis.
We have sold Canadian rights to Greystone Books, which publishes exceptional books about nature, science, and travel. It is based in Vancouver and enjoys close familiarity with and access to the region Zada is writing about.
Zada worked as a journalist in the Middle East for many years before returning to his native Canada to work for the CBC News Network. He continues to travel widely in his reporting for publications including the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Explore, CBC, Al Jazeera, BBC, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.