David Helvarg, founder and executive director of Blue Frontier and cofounder of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards, discusses his latest work of non-fiction, The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea. From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California's coasts and ocean. David Helvarg takes the reader on both a geographic and literary journey along the state's 1,100-mile Pacific coastline, from the Oregon border to the San Diego-Tijuana international border fence and out into its whale-, seal-, and shark-rich offshore seamounts, rock isles, and kelp forests. Part history, part travelogue, part love letter, The Golden Shore captures the spirit of the California coast and its mythic place in American culture.
A licensed private investigator, award-winning journalist and avid scuba diver, David Helvarg is executive director of Blue Frontier, an ocean conservation group that hosts environmental summits and presents the annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. A former war correspondent in Northern Ireland and Central America, Helvarg is the author of The Golden Shore, Blue Frontier, Saved by the Sea, The War Against the Greens, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, and Rescue Warriors and is winner of the 2007 Herman Melville Literary Prize. He has produced more than 40 broadcast documentaries for PBS, the Discovery Channel, and others, and his print work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic and Parade. More information at: www.bluefront.org