Trekkers, a local youth mentoring organization, will welcome travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux to the Midcoast this summer as part of its 20th anniversary event Wednesday, July 16, at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Tickets will go on sale June 1.

Theroux is most widely recognized for his witty and thought-provoking writing about issues abroad, oftentimes in less traveled destinations such as western Africa and Asia. In designing the 20th anniversary celebration, Trekkers recognized similarities between its focus on expeditionary learning and travel-based education and Theroux’s enthusiasm for travel and cultural exploration. Trekkers’ Executive Director Don Carpenter said the celebratory evening will not only allow Trekkers to bring a nationally known author to the area, it also will give the organization a chance to introduce the community to what Trekkers is and does. In addition to Theroux’s talk about the educational value of travel and cultural exploration, Trekkers will feature stories of some of its students.

“It will be a wonderful way to showcase the importance of experiential learning,” said Carpenter.

Trekkers was founded in 1994 as a volunteer community initiative to reach out to seventh grade students from the town of Thomaston. Twenty years later, Trekkers works with more than 200 students in grades 7 to 12 from the six communities of RSU 13. The organization connects young people with caring adults through community service, expeditionary learning and adventure-based education. Over the past four years, the nonprofit group has been expanding its services and broadening its service area in a stepwise process that will double the number of students served by its six-year program.

General seating for the evening with Theroux is $20. Tickets also are available for a pre-event reception with the writer, including preferred seating at the Strand Theatre, for $45. The event will conclude with a question and answer session and a book signing. All proceeds benefit Trekkers’ youth mentoring programs.

Tickets will be available at the Trekkers' office in Thomaston; Owl & Turtle in Camden; and at Reading Corner and hello, hello books in Rockland. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Trekkers office at 594-5095 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or