Lands of Lost Borders
Out of Bounds on the Silk Road
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Kate Harris realized that the career she most craved –-that of a generalist explorer— had gone extinct. So she vowed to become a scientist and go to Mars. To pass the time before she could launch into outer space, Kate set off by bicycle down a short section of the fabled Silk Road. Eventually, she quit the laboratory and hit the Silk Road again, this time determined to bike it from the beginning to end. Weaving adventure with the history of science and exploration, Lands of Lost Borders explores the wildness of a world that can never be fully mapped.
Kate Harris is a writer with a knack for getting lost. Her writing has appeared in Outside, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and The Georgia Review, among other publications.