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Inside Ice Walker: An author’s talk with James Raffan (Webinar)

January 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the Canadian Canoe Museum’s own James Raffan for a live virtual author’s talk about the making of his critically acclaimed new book, Ice Walker. 

Named one of The Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Books of 2020, Ice Walker describes the disappearing world of Nanu, a female polar bear navigating environmental changes brought about by global warming. It is a very different project for Raffan—a portrait of humanity as cast in 36 months in the life of a polar bear living in southwestern Hudson Bay—but touches on many of the themes and with the same engaging narrative voice of his more conventional bestsellers like Fire in the Bones, Bark, Skin & Cedar, Tumblehome and Circling the Midnight Sun.  

A recent review in the Literary Review of Canada said about Ice Walker: “Like the best multi‑generational books, it creates charismatic animals, thrums with an enticing narrative pace, and instills an imperative moral choice. Ice Walker is elegant in its telling, heart‑breaking in the dangers its characters face, and compelling about our shared existential threat.”

Support the Canadian Canoe Museum and join James Raffan, designated one Canada’s greatest explorers by Canadian Geographic, for a memorable arctic journey into “bearness.” A live Q&A will take place at the end of his presentation.

Tickets for this webinar are pay-what-you can, with all funds supporting the continued development of engaging and accessible virtual content (including the recording and sharing of events, such as this one). Your unique Zoom Webinar link and easy instructions on how to join the virtual tour will be emailed to each attendee two days prior to the event.

Looking for copies of Ice WalkerWe are waiting on a shipment of new books after our initial run flew off the shelves! If you’d like to be notified when our online store has been restocked, please email [email protected] 

Author Bio

James Raffan is a prolific writer, speaker, and geographer, and the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Circling the Midnight Sun; Emperor of the North; Bark, Skin and Cedar; and Fire in the Bones. He has written for a variety of media outlets, including National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Up Here, Explore and The Globe and Mail, and produced radio and television documentaries for CBC Radio and the Discovery Channel. His work has taken him all over the world. He is an international fellow of the Explorers Club, a past chair of the Arctic Institute of North America, and a fellow and past governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, service for which he was awarded many medals, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. From 2010 to 2013, he traveled through the Arctic Circle, spending time in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, as he researched and wrote on culture and climate change in the North. He lives in Seeley’s Bay, Ontario. Visit him at JamesRaffan.ca or follow him on Twitter @raffjam.

With financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada


January 27, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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