Ever wondered what it's like to sneak across Tibet with your best childhood pal in the guise of androgynous Chinese cyclists? To test the limits of sanity, friendship, nations, and an inadvertent ramen noodle cleanse while pedaling for ten months through ten countries, many of whose names end in 'stan'? To set off for Mars, determined to be a modern-day explorer, and end up—marvelous error!—on a bicycle on the Silk Road instead?

Well hold your breath no more (er, until the spring of 2017 January 30, 2018), because I have just the book for you! I'm thrilled to share the news that Knopf Canada will publish "Lands of Lost Borders," a travel memoir based on my and Melissa Yule's Cycling Silk expedition. Can't wait to share this mad, wondrous adventure with you all in words. Now I just have to finish writing them. So if I'm a total recluse for the next year or so, you'll know why...

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Writing. Such an odd, solitary, snail-paced way to engage with the world, or live trying. At the Brooklyn Book Festival I went to this past weekend, one panelist described writing as "hellish good fun." Elif Batuman, another panelist (and a nonfiction writer I admire), recalled those scenes in "Sex and the City" in which Carrie, a writer, languidly completes her under-deadline column while eating ice cream in bed. "I mean, that's completely antithetical to the spirit of writing," said Batuman, only sort of joking. Panelist and legendary journalist Renata Adler, her signature braid slung over her shoulder, noted that the only reward a writer can ever hope for upon finishing a piece is "the calm good conscience of some limited achievement." Yes, indeed.

So when you wake up one morning to learn that your essay has been listed as a notable selection in Best American Travel Writing 2015, you know the achievement may be limited, but the ice cream is deserved. Big thanks once again to The Georgia Review for believing in (and publishing) my travel piece "Lands of Lost Borders," and to the Best American series for taking note of it. You can read the essay online, if you're so inclined, here.

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Well, I never imagined I'd someday appear in the pages of VOGUE––in Germany no less! I'm profiled in VOGUE Germany's semi-annual special edition on "Business" (October 2014) as part of a feature about Wings WorldQuest, an amazing organization that supports women in exploration. Please "like" Wings Worldquest on Facebook, and if you can read German, check out VOGUE on European newsstands now...and let me know what I've said!!

Kate Harris in German Vogue
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"In some ways getting lost was my goal from the start. Growing up in small-town Ontario, where the tallest mountain was a haystack and the broadest horizon a field of corn, I’d felt wilder than the world in all directions. It wasn’t until university that I finally stepped beyond the borders of my home country, finally saw a mountain and a desert in more than pixels or words on a page, and there was no looking back. From then on my greatest joy has been wandering the planet’s rough peripheries with a tent and a backpack full of books. My greatest fear is having to work, heaven forbid, in a cubicle. To avoid this I mostly subsist on instant noodles, and I travel whenever possible by my own two legs, enabling a vagabond life rich in every currency but money."

This is essentially my life's mission statement as excerpted from Lands of Lost Borders, a new essay of mine about wildness, borders, and cycling the Silk Road. I'm thrilled to have this piece of writing published in The Georgia Reviewone of my very favourite literary magazines. You can read it online or, better yet, support this wonderful small press by purchasing a copy of the Fall 2014 issue here.

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