Lessons on listening
These are my lessons on listening from meeting new people all over the Arctic in the last 18 months. A colleague recently asked for "any thoughts, ideas, or pointers" from my experience. Here's what I came up with.
Paddlenorth wins National Outdoor Book Award
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.
Meet the North goes live!
My latest project, Meet the North, is up and running, and I'm running with it. In the past two months, I've reported from Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Iceland and Nunavut. I leave for Greenland very soon and will be back to Iceland in September.
Tips for Travelers: Katherine Breen and Eric McNair-Landry
I'm asking people of the north this question: You meet someone who is traveling to the north for the first time. What advice do you have for them? This time I talked to Katherine Breen and Eric McNair-Landry
Tips for Travelers: Richard van Camp
Four million people live above the Arctic Circle and many more make up the world's northern cultures. For those of us who are travelers, visitors or guests, going north may feel like a trip into the unknown. Perhaps you are wondering how to prepare for life way up there. I asked Richard van Camp.
Canoe and Kayak Magazine
A review of Paddlenorth by Conor Mihell at Canoe & Kayak Magazine. "Paddlenorth is compulsively readable...Her prose is lean, raw and inspiring—the hallmarks of great travel writing."
Arctic Audio Souvenirs
This post contains some sounds from the the High Arctic to help you imagine the place. Some of this sound will be used in an upcoming audio essay I created for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's program, Radiotonic. Click through and listen.
Globe and Mail recommends Paddlenorth
The Saturday Travel section of the Globe and Mail this week was devoted to travel books. The books editor got together with the travel editor and created a list of the best books to kickstart your wanderlust. Paddlenorth was chosen.
Home from the Arctic and Adventure
I spent the tail end of my summer in the Arctic, from Resolute Bay, up to Ellesmere Island and down to Newfoundland. On this trip, nothing went according to plan, and that was my favourite thing about it. It made me think that perhaps that's the definition of adventure - you know you've had one if it didn't turn out like you thought it would. Click through to read more.
Paddlenorth ships out this week!
My first book, Paddlenorth, shipped from the printer late last week, which means it is on its way to stores across Canada, and it will be in the U.S. a bit later in the fall. The official publication date is September 13, 2014.
Lindblad Expeditions: Northwest Passage bound
After writing so much about the Arctic and paddling a few of its rivers, I am ready to realize a dream: "For just one time, I would take the Northwest Passage . . . " I'll be a naturalist for Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Explorer on a 25-day voyage from west to east through the famed passage.
Greystone Books: Paddlenorth in 2014
My book, "Paddlenorth: A Journey into the Heart of the Tundra," will be published by Greystone Books in the fall of this year. It is the story of my 54-day canoe trip on Nunavut's Back River back in 2005.
up here: The Hungriest Holiday
"During a grim yuletide on Great Slave Lake, a team of starving explorers yearn for the gift of survival." This is the story of George Back's first Christmas as commander of an Arctic expedition. Appointed by the British Admiralty, he was tasked with finding the Thlew-ee-choh, now called the Back River, and following it to the Arctic coast.