Lolo Community Center
"Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's lost Pacific Empire:
A tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier"
Speaker: Peter Stark — Author and Adventure Writer
Astoria is the thrilling, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition to establish an American empire on the Pacific Coast 6 years following the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Peter Stark offers a harrowing saga in which a band of explorers battled nature, starvation, and madness to establish the first American settlement in the Pacific Northwest and opened up what would become the Oregon Trail, permanently altering the nation's landscape and its global standing.
Peter Stark was born to an adventurous and outdoorsy family in Wisconsin. He received his bachelor's degree in English and anthropology from Dartmouth College and a master's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin. He lives in Missoula and is a full-time freelance writer specializing in subjects on the outdoors and adventure, exploration history, wilderness and indigenous peoples, and the physiology of the human body under extreme stress.
His articles have appeared in Outside, Smithsonian,The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Men's Journal and other publications. His books include Driving to Greenland; Last Breath; At the Mercy of the River and The Last Empty Places. His book Last Breath, was translated into seven languages and named Amazon.com's No. 1 Sports/Outdoor Book of 2001.