Friday, November 05, 2010

Bookish couple of days

Today is my last full day in Banff (although I'm currently failing to check in online as I'm in a cafe and my passport is at the hotel. Oh well). The focus of yesterday and today has been books rather than films, with several talks from authors about their books - Alistair Lee was very funny; Gretel Ehrlich spoke powerfully about the changing situation in Greenland, and how climate change is directly and observably changing the landscape and the lives of local people there; Joe Riis and Emilene Ostlind did a great talk and slide show about the migration of Pronghorn deer. In the evening there was a reception for film-makers which was good, great food and wine in a very beautiful setting, where I learned the names of some of the mountains (thanks, Jamie) and gained a new ambition (18km ridge walk along Mount Rundle, anyone?).

Tonight there's a gala reception (not entirely sure what that will entail but I'm looking forward to it anyway) followed by a talk by Greg Mortenson of "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones into Schools" fame which should be good. Then tomorrow, films and a couple of talks then home. Time has gone far too quickly.


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