Inkwater Press Publishes English Version of Best-Selling Adventure Memoir Africa Trek

Two people. Three years. One continent.

Portland, OR, August 21, 2008 --( Inkwater Press is pleased to announce it has acquired the English language publication rights for the best-selling French adventure memoir Africa Trek.

Africa Trek recounts the remarkable journey of French citizens Alexandre and Sonia Poussin as they traverse the length of the African continent on foot over the course of three years, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Sea of Galilee. In a quest unlike any other ever undertaken, the Poussins follow in the footsteps of the first humans, exploring the cradle of mankind along the Great Rift Valley of East Africa.

Originally published in 2004, the French language version of this two-volume, 350,000 word memoir sold over 280,000 copies in its authors’ native country, and is now being translated into English in order to be more accessible to a worldwide audience.

“We have worked and prayed for this day,” says Alexandre Poussin, of the book’s translation. “It means so much to us to have Africa Trek available in English, which is spoken by many Africans, so the people who were the most important part of our story can read it too. We owed it to them.”

The Poussin’s epic journey has also been made into a twelve-part miniseries, which will be aired by PBS beginning in September, 2008, in over 200 markets across the United States.

With the goal of experiencing firsthand the remnants of earliest humanity and its journey from Australopithecus to modern man, the Poussins set out to explore Africa’s great paleontological sites along the Great Rift Valley. They began their trek at Table Mountain National Park at the southernmost point of Africa on January 2, 1001, and ended thirty-nine months later at the Sea of Galilee in Israel, expectant with their first child. In all, they traveled 8,700 miles through 11 countries, sharing the hospitality of 1,200 households along the way.

The couple found themselves welcomed each evening by distant neighbors as word began to spread of the trek. Though carrying just the barest of essentials, they never wanted for a meal or shelter for the night. In the end, they found they had discovered as much about the lives and stories of modern-day African, and about each other, as humankind’s ancient ancestors.

Alexandre writes: “Thus, day after day, we go where chance leads us. The road guides our steps and governs our destiny. We never know in the morning where we will end up that evening. Our calves and tendons are finally broken in, and our hostesses each morning fix us copious picnics which we eat in the shadow of a tree in the empty countryside.

“To the inescapable question: ‘Why did you set off for three years on foot?’ I answer: ‘To share each second of my wife’s life.’ The rest is just for decoration. As we walk we sing, we chat nonstop, think about the future and make plans. Never before have we wasted so little time. Walking is filling it with a true relationship. Walking is a soulmating process.”

For more information about Africa Trek or to inquire about an interview with Alexandre and Sonia Poussin, please contact Colleen Welch at colleen at or visit the Poussins’ website, at

Inkwater Press
Colleen Welch