One of Owen Sheers’ selected writers for the International Literature Showcase
“In Kings of the Yukon Adam Weymouth puts the conflicts and dilemmas of the global climate crisis under the microscope when he follows the migration of King Salmon up the Yukon river into deepest Alaska. The human and ecological stories, connections and histories he reveals and weaves along the way come together to create a beautiful, devastating and painfully urgent piece of travel writing.”
– Owen Sheers
Telling stories at the overlap of the human and non-human worlds
Adam Weymouth is a writer and journalist, whose work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including the BBC, the Atlantic, the Guardian and Lacuna. His first book, Kings of the Yukon, won both the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and the Lonely Planet Adventure Travel Book of the Year. It tells the story of his 2000 mile canoe trip across Canada and Alaska, charting the demise of the king salmon and the impact its collapse is having on the many people and ecosystems that depend on it. He lives on Loch Fyne, West Scotland.
‘Kings of the Yukon succeeds as an adventure tale, a natural history and a work of art.’ – Richard Carey Adams, Wall Street Journal
‘Weymouth combines acute political, personal and ecological understanding, with the most beautiful writing reminiscent of a young Robert Macfarlane. He is, I have no doubt, a significant voice for the future’ – Andrew Holgate, The Sunday Times‘ literary editor
‘Dazzling . . . [Weymouth is] a nuanced examiner of some of the world’s most fraught and urgent questions about the interconnectedness of people and the natural world’ – Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire
Photo credit Chris Boulton
I’m thrilled to be selected for the International Literature Showcase, and in such inspiring, prestigious company.
Kings of the Yukon (2018)