Author Event - Traveling with Ghosts with Shannon Leone Fowler

The Avid Reader is so excited to welcome Davis’s own Shannon Leone Fowler for a reading, discussion and signing of her unique and moving memoir, “Traveling with Ghosts” on Friday, August 18th at 7:30 p.m. Shannon will be interviewed by her mother—and former Davis resistant—Karen Fowler.

Shannon Leone Fowler was born and raised in Davis, graduating from Davis Senior High in 1992. Growing up, Shannon always felt a deep connection to the ocean and declared, at eight years old, that she wanted to study marine biology. In that pivotal moment, there was no way for her to know that one day, her beloved ocean would betray her.

Ann Patchett calls the memoir a “brave and necessary record of love.”

In 2002, Fowler—then a twenty-eight-year-old marine biologist—went backpacking through Asia with her fiancé, Sean. Avid travelers, the two decided on a quick trip to Thailand to celebrate their recent engagement. During an afternoon swim on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, a box jellyfish—the most venomous animal in the world—wrapped around Sean’s legs, stinging and killing him as Fowler helplessly watched.

With her future forever changed, Fowler abandoned her professional commitments to travel the world, lost and stumbling and in search of healing. Unable to understand how the ocean—the very thing she had dedicated her life to before she had dedicated it to Sean—could betray her, she first sought solace in landlocked countries marked by tragedy: war-torn Israel; shelled-out Bosnia; poverty-stricken Romania; and Oświęcim, Poland, the site of Auschwitz. Despite Eastern Europe’s deep wounds, Fowler remembers the kindness of those she encountered, fellow travelers and countrymen alike, and the comfort and perspective they offered. She continued to Croatia, where she would begin to reconcile with the ocean for the first time since Sean’s death. Before returning to a life without him, there was one last place Fowler knew she had to face: Barcelona, where she and Sean first met years earlier and where memories of their love were still very much alive.

Shannon Leone Fowler is a marine biologist, writer, and mother. Since her doctorate on Australian sea lions, she’s taught marine ecology in the Bahamas and Galápagos, led a university course on killer whales in the San Juan Islands, spent a number of seasons as marine mammal biologist on board ships in both the Arctic and Antarctic, taught graduate students field techniques while studying Weddell seals on the Ross Ice Shelf, and worked as a science writer at National Public Radio in Washington, DC. Born and raised in California, she currently resides in London.

Event date: 
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd Street
Davis, CA 95616
Traveling with Ghosts: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501107795
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 21st, 2017