This week's cover story has been six months in the making. Which I suppose is still a rather short time, considering it took Jason Lewis 13 years to complete the first completely human-powered circumnavigation of the world.
It seems the Englishman-turned-Coloradan doesn't do much in a traditional fashion.
Lewis explains that a big publisher offered him a six-figure advance for his story — and a ghost writer to slap it together. With 700 hours of video and 1,400 journals on hand as raw material, he didn't want "a crap book for the holidays, turned out for the British tabloid market" so he rejected the offer, finding a Colorado indie press instead.
When Tammie Stevens, the rep for Pueblo's BillyFish Books, contacted me in March, she knew Dark Waters, the first in Lewis' three-title series The Expedition, would be published this fall. But she didn't know when exactly he'd be in the Springs to promote it. Describing Lewis as "a champion for the little guy," she said he wanted any talks he did to somehow benefit nonprofits in our community.
They were true to their word. Lewis will be the keynote speaker at All Breed Rescue and Training's Bone Appétit Gala on Friday, Sept. 21. He's also contributing part of his profits from a booksigning on Sept. 29 to the organization. And he'll be a featured presenter at Catamount Institute's annual Colorado Sustainability Conference in late October.
At one point during his journey, Lewis was left to die in Pueblo. As you can see from our story here, these days he's doing quite a bit of living there.