A Louisiana author is coming to the Vernon Parish Library to speak about his book, which details his adventure from Louisiana to the Panama Canal in an electric car.

After his lecture, author, Randy Denmon, will answer questions and sign copies of his latest nonfiction book, “Off the Grid: My Ride from Louisiana to the Panama Canal."

The book takes readers through the experiences had by Denmon, and his friend Dean, on their way through seven different developing nations in a Tesla Model S electric car.

Their treacherous journey included traveling through tough terrain like jungles, deserts, volcanoes, rivers, and some of the roughest roads imaginable. They experienced dangerous encounters with drug cartel members and corrupt border security guards.

One of the challenges the driving duo regularly faced on the trip was not knowing where or when they would be able to charge their electric car.

As an author,  Denmon is known for writing both fiction and nonfiction. His fictional works include several western novels, which have received award nominations and critical acclaim.

Denmon’s novel, “Lords of an Empty Land,” received the Western Writers of America Spur Award. He was recognized by“True West” magazineas a novelist who can take the reader to “places rarely visited by the average western writer.”

A lifelong Louisiana resident, Denmon currently resides in Monroe. When he is not writing, he is running his engineering firm, Denmon Engineering, which has two offices, in Monroe and Shreveport.

Denmon received his Master’s Degree in Engineering from LSU in 1996.

The author will be speaking at 7 p.m. on August 7, at the Vernon Parish Library, 1401 Nolan Trace, Leesville. For more information about the event contact the Vernon Parish Public Library at 337-239-2027.