Paul Rosolie, a naturalist and explorer and the author of "Mother of God," will be the Darien Library's featured speaker Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m.
Rosolie thought he was born in the wrong century. He had trouble concentrating in school and had difficulty reconciling lessons in algebra to his overriding interest in the natural environment. He was only truly happy outdoors, away from the stifling atmosphere of the classroom, exploring nature and wildlife.
He came up with a plan for his life and dropped out of high school to travel to the last truly wild place on earth: the Amazon.
In "Mother of God," Rosolie recounts his adventures in the uncharted tributaries of the western Amazon. From his solo expedition in the jungle to his encounter with a tribe, Rosolie recounts his trials with poachers, discovery of a never-before-described "floating forest" ecosystem, and his witness of a jaguar's death.
Rosolie has specialized in the western Amazon for nearly a decade. Along with running a conservation project called Tamandua Expeditions, which uses tourism to support rainforest conservation, Rosolie's work has taken him to some of the last dark places on the map.
Rosolie's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore in Darien.
Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.
The Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, can be reached at www.darienlibrary.org or 203-655-1234.