Dark Waters wins Eric Hoffer Award for Books


May 6, 2013. BillyFish Books editor Tammie Stevens and I are delighted to announce that Dark Waters, first in The Expedition trilogy chronicling the first human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth, has won the First Horizon Award for the current Eric Hoffer Award season.

The First Horizon Award is given each year to the highest scoring books by debut authors. It honours the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers.

“When does a journey become an expedition? It happens when the path leads into the unknown and often life-threatening territory. When does a memoir become a story? It happens when the life events become compelling. Lewis’ book has it all—expedition and story. In 1995, Lewis and his cohorts ventured to conquer perhaps the Earth’s last circumnavigational frontier: a complete trip around the globe using only human power. Beginning in England, the expedition employed boots, bicycles, in-line skates, and a variety of watercraft, and took more than thirteen years to complete. As members of his team fell away, Lewis battled nature, man, political forces, severe injury, and his own will to proceed, while at times narrowly escaping death. This first installment, Dark Waters, takes us over the Atlantic Ocean in a pedal boat and across the continental United States where Lewis’ legs are snapped, literally, while in-line skating through Colorado.”


19 thoughts on “Dark Waters wins Eric Hoffer Award for Books

  1. Thank you for all your kind comments and support. As with the expedition itself, many people contributed in myriad ways to make the book project happen: critiquing early stages of the manuscript, offering cheap or free places to write and live, and so on. You know you are, and will be fully credited at the end of book three.

  2. Yes, power to the little guy is right…who worked his back side off grinding away for 13 long years to get there. Then 5 more years to write the book. Congratulations and well done Jason!

  3. Congrats on your award. I’m a friend of Stuarts… We met in Puerto Vallarta many years ago and have been following your saga for over a decade!

  4. I like this idea that you are the new gay icon Jason. Mid way twixt Jimmy Dean and a slightly more burly slimmed down version of Brando. Post-waterfront.
    You also do know how much your input has informed. I hope?
    I heard you on the radio the other day.
    Rightly providing testament to craft Moksha.
    A noble-spirit journey. Mr Buggles.
    Finally starred by radio journey.

    Wrest-soul Jason: fartherly sea-voice.

  5. Congratulations, absolutely love Dark Waters and am so ready for part II. I am in awe of your exploring achievements and very thankful that you’ve chosen to write about them. All the best, Mike