Book Launch: Arthur E. Shears
Join us for the launch of local author Arthur E. Shears’ book Overseas Adventures: From Afghanistan to Zambia and Points In-Between. All are welcome and no registration is required.
Arthur was born in Glace Bay and went to university in Halifax. Though he planned to study medicine after completing his first degree, he opted to become a volunteer in Africa instead. In this memoir, Arthur describes how that life-changing experience sparked decades of travel and a career in international development.
From the book:
“Have you ever wanted to be a volunteer and work in Africa or Asia? Or maybe join the United Nations and help solve world problems, whether they be hunger, lack of education, poor health or unemployment? This memoir describes just such experiences spanning from 1971 to 2021.
Living and working abroad had its challenges and rewards. New cultures, languages, and international cuisine I rate highly. Catching tropical diseases, an attempted kidnapping and working in a war zone rate rather lower. Still, all were part and parcel of my experiences on the international development scene.
Most important of all were the people I me, whether they were my high school students, trainer in training, fellow travellers, entrepreneurs, government officials, rogues and rascals, or just passers-by. It was they who brought these overseas adventures to life, and it’s really they stories that are the hidden gems inside.