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May 16, 2016
Vancouver Club "Book Lunch" event, May 31

It`s been just a month since Full Moon Over Noah`s Ark, was officially launched. We`re pleased to let you know that Rick will be speaking at an upcoming "book lunch" event at the Vancouver Club on May 31. There are still a limited number of tickets available. Chef Sean Cousins will be preparing a Turkish-influenced menu that will be enjoyed as Rick discusses the book, the Middle Eastern geopolitical situation, and a fascinating hypothesis about the Noah`s Ark story.

Tuesday, May 31, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Vancouver Club - 915 West Hastings Street

Purchase Tickets

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May 16, 2016
Full Moon Over Noah`s Ark covered in the media

Over the past month, we’re humbled to report that Full Moon Over Noah’s Ark has received a lot of interest from local and national media. The Globe and Mail published an excerpt in their Travel section, and Rick has talked about the book with CKNW’s Simi Sara, Breakfast Television’s Riaz Meghji, and Global BC’s News at Noon team.

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April 12, 2016
Is publication date for Rick’s new book: Full Moon Over Noah’s Ark; An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond.

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February 15, 2016
The highly regarded Kirkus Review releases the first advance review of Full Moon Over Noah’s Ark:

A veteran travel writer pursues an interest from childhood: Noah, the ark, and the landing. Antonson (To Timbuktu for a Haircut: A Journey through West Africa, 2013, etc.) shows an indefatigable and intrepid spirit in this swift account of his ascent of Mount Ararat and his travels through some of the most dangerous territory in the Middle East, including Iraq and Iran. Throughout the narrative, he cuts away continually to tell about earlier ascents of the mountain that is now in eastern Turkey (he discusses the nearby Armenians` displeasure with the current border), other efforts to locate the ark (efforts resulting, he says, in much disingenuous reporting of discoveries), the ancient flood narratives that precede the account in Genesis (Gilgamesh, for example), the actual catastrophic flood possibilities in the region and various theories about the design and construction of the ark, and regional politics and horrors (e.g., the Armenian massacre). Rich with maps and photographs and a devotee`s, if not a scholar`s, knowledge, Antonson`s text moves along with an impressive narrative current whose flow accelerates with his inclusion of much dialogue. His successful Ararat ascent concludes about halfway through, and the second half of the book deals with his ensuing travels in the region. His courage and his trust in his fellow human beings must be astonishing, for he repeatedly got into cars with people he barely knew and drove through dark streets of unfamiliar (and sometimes dangerous) places. Somehow, he always managed to arrive (more or less at the intended time) safely at his destination. Only occasionally does he confess anxiety over a certain situation. When he finally landed in London, he writes that he "reentered the worlds of schedules and precision." Also in the city, he was able to see the ancient "flood tablet" to which he alluded throughout. A book filled with the enthusiasm of discovery, the delight in accomplishment, and the relief of return. 

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January, 2016
Curse of the Frozen Gold t.v. series featured on Animal Planet in the USA.

(Rick’s co-authored book, Slumach’s Gold, provides the background story for this remarkable series)

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January, 2016
Whistle Posts West wraps up 10 weeks on the bestseller list compiled by the Association of BC Publishers

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December, 2015
Whistle Posts West spends eight weeks on the Vancouver Sun’s BC Book Bestseller List

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October,2015
Two of the co-authors of Slumach’s Gold featured in Vancouver Province article

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September 2015
Publication date of Rick’s new co-authored book Whistle Posts West; Railway Tales from British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon.

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Summer 2015
Curse of the Frozen Gold t.v. series featured on History Chanel in Canada

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April, 2015
Began process to stake a mining claim up north of Pitt Lake – it’s where we feel gold may be found, related to the lost gold mine of Pitt Lake, aka Slumach’s Gold

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June 2014
Said goodbye to Tourism Vancouver after 21 years to now pursue being a full time book author.

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2013, Second Edition of Timbuktu book:
To Timbuktu for a Haircut:
A Journey Through West Africa

"Anyone interested in travelling to Africa should put Antonson's book on the list, right after malaria tablets."
- The National Post

"As with all great travel memoirs, Antonson's journey is about self-discovery and arrival at the final destination; that is, it is part personal odyssey and part social history."
- Chicago Tribune

"Chapters are nicely embroidered with local tones and textures, a regional history of West Africa, the Tuareg people and accounts of early European exploration."
- The Globe and Mail

"To Timbuktu for a Haircut is a great read - a little bit of Bill Bryson, a little bit of Michael Palin, and quite a lot of Bob Hope on the road to Timbuktu. Once started, you simply don't want to come to the end."
- Professor Geoffrey Lipman UNWTO Assistant Secretary-General

"Great characters, great stories, and truly great adventures. Not to mention ... a great read."
- Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, CBS News

2012 and the Reviews are In for Route 66 book:

"His tale is a middle-age Woodstock in motion, an encounter with an America that isn`t as lost as we think ... And in the end Antonson proves that Route 66 indeed still kicks -- as does America."
- Keith Bellows, Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic Traveler

Route 66 Still Kicks:
Driving America's Main Street

"One of the best books of the bunch."
- The New York Times (2012 round-up of holiday travel books)

"His tale is a middle-age Woodstock in motion, an encounter with an America that isn't as lost as we think ... And in the end Antonson proves that Route 66 indeed still kicks -- as does America."
Keith Bellows, Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic Traveler

"A must for Route 66 aficionados."
- Chicago Tribune

"The most impressive account of a road trip I have ever read."
- Paul Taylor, Publisher, Route 66 magazine

"I have traveled Route 66 more times than a long-haul trucker and this book is going to become one of the classics of the road ... solid proof that Route 66 still kicks."
- Route 66 Pulse

"It was by far the best book I have read about the Road in many, many years. An excellent read ... Highly recommended."
- Bob Moore co-author of The Complete Guidebook to Route 66 and The Complete Atlas to Route 66

"Antonson's most impressive feat in Route 66 Still Kicks is how he incorporates history into the narrative. Even those familiar with the stories of Will Rogers, Cyrus Avery, Mickey Mantle or Al Capone will find them rendered by Antonson in a fresh way. Highly recommended."
- Route 66 News

"This is America's favourite highway talking, and Antonson is a superb enabler, so sit back and relax as Route 66 gives up its legendary stories."
- Peter Greenberg, travel editor, CBS Evening News

Slumach's Gold:
In Search of a Legend

2007 brought great notices for 35th anniversary edition of Slumach book:

"Qualifies as a British Columbia classic."
- Alan Twigg, BC Bookworld

"A great piece of research that reads- Richard Thomas Wright, author of Barkerville and Overlanders like a mystery novel or a CSI episode ... Slumach's Gold combines legend, myth, documentation and oral history. It's a masterpiece."

"A fresh new look at one of British Columbia's enduring mysteries."
- Chuck Davis, author of Vancouver Then & Now

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