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Author & Adventurer Rod Wellington will be at Books on Broadway Sept. 2nd & 3rd

 

Rod Wellington currently lives in Ontario, Canada and is an active kayaker, bicyclist, author, and adventurer.

Author, speaker, and adventurer Rod Wellington will be at a book signing at Books on Broadway Sept. 2nd and 3rd. Wellington has written and self-published two books. His first book Part-time Superheroes, Full-time Friends was published in 2015 and his second book River Angels was published earlier this year.

After reading a story of two men who paddled the White Cliff section of the Missouri River, Wellington found himself intrigued; upon further research, he discovered that the Missouri is the longest river in North America.

"I like to do things to extremity," he laughed when asked about how he decided to make the 3,800-mile kayaking venture from source to sea. "I was about half way through the journey when I found out that no one had ever paddled the entire distance before."

Wellington made the trip with long-time friend Scott McFarlane, who completed the descent just prior to Wellington.

Part-time Superheroes, Full-time Friends deals with the descent on the Missouri and is a tribute to the nearly 40-year friendship between Wellington and McFarlane. River Angels is a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation that goes into taking an expedition, including the dynamics between group members and the people he's met along the way that lend a hand to paddlers, dubbed 'river angels." Both books share the theme of deep appreciation that Wellington has for the friendships he's shared over the years.

Wellington is also the owner of his own publishing company, Crow Books, which is affectionately named after his hometown of Chatham, Ontario, considered being the crow capital of Canada.

"My decision to start my own publishing company came from my throwback involvement in the punk-rock scene where I developed a 'do-it-yourself' philosophy. Later, I talked with friend and author Dave Cornthwaite who was offered a book contract while skateboarding across Australia. After the initial excitement of having his book published, he realized that he was locked into that contract, and has since gone on to independently publish his following books. I wanted to retain control of my work," explained Wellington.

He will be signing books and answering questions at Books on Broadway, 12 ½ W Broadway in Williston, ND, Friday, Sept. 2nd from 3:00 – 5:30pm central time. There will be a showing of short water-related films shown at the James Memorial Library that evening at 7:00, including "SUPAS – Stand Up Against Slavery", "Wolf River", "The MartyCircumSup", "Swim 1000", and "Big Muddy Moose". The showing is free and open to the public and Wellington will have merchandise available for purchase.

On Saturday, Sept. 3rd he will be signing books from 11:00am – 2:00pm; his books will be for sale onsite, or can be purchased for $20 online at http://www.rodwellington.com.

"Five words come to mind when I think about words of encouragement for adventurers: dream, plan, do, document, share. Beyond that, anything goes. Remember that there are still firsts out there. Also, if you want to increase your audience, take your adventure during the winter; people will love to see you suffer on Facebook! It will make a great story and increase your audience," Wellington added. "As for writers, I would say, again, that anything goes; there is no wrong way to write, and never give up. If you are passionate about telling your story, you will get it done."

 

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