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Local author launches book after surviving bear attack

DULUTH, MN — A local author is sharing his story, more than a decade after surviving a grizzly bear mauling.

Alex Messenger was 17 when he was hiking with a group in Canada.

On the 29th day of his trip, he was walking alone and a bear attacked.

He and his team had to fight for his life.

Now an author and photographer living in Duluth, Messenger wrote about his experience in his first book, called The 29th Day.

Fitgers hosted a book launch party on Tuesday, where Messenger said his story is for everyone.

“It’s suited to folks that like outdoor books, adventure books, it’s a good crossover book too. I’ve had a lot of young adult readers that have enjoyed it, older readers as well. It’s kind of a coming of age story,” he said.

Messenger has worked as a wilderness guide and volunteer search-and-rescue operator.

His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Men’s Journal, National Parks magazine, and others.

Reporter Anthony Matt

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