Paddlenorth wins National Outdoor Book Award

Vancouver, BC – Greystone Books is thrilled to announce that Jennifer Kingsley has been awarded the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) for Outdoor Literature in Non-Fiction for her first book, Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild.

In this absorbing story by Jennifer Kingsley, six friends are on a 54-day canoe journey on the Back River of northern Canada.  Kingsley captures the interactions between group members as they move northward through the stark beauty of the tundra landscape.  There are challenges, of course:  difficult whitewater, long portages, days of violent winds, and mosquitoes – swarms and swarms of mosquitoes.  But the human challenges are nearly as daunting:  how do six people, dependent upon one another and placed in close quarters day after day, get along on such a long journey?

That’s where Kingsley’s work really shines, capturing the human dynamics, the give and take, and the concessions each person needs to make to reach the journey’s end.

“I am delighted that Jennifer Kingsley and her book, Paddlenorth, have been recognized by the National Outdoor Book Awards; this very good story, a first book, is just the beginning for a very talented writer,” praised Rob Sanders, publisher of Greystone Books.

Paddlenorth is published by Greystone Books in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.
The National Outdoor Book Awards is an educational program which annually honors outstanding writing and publishing in the outdoor field.  The managing body of the awards is the NOBA Foundation, a non-profit, volunteer organization.