Author and Adventurer Jon Waterman Discusses His Arctic Travels and His Book

This event was held on August 12, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Since 1983, Jon Waterman has taken eighteen trips into the Arctic, trekking and paddling thousands of miles and encountering wolves, Inupiat hunters, and the oil-ravaged Prince William Sound. At this event, co-sponsored by the Alaska Coalition, he will blend historical narrative with vivid tales of his journeys, creating tension between past and present, science and politics, reflection and investigation. A book signing will follow and books will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Jon will also explore how oil exploration has choked Alaska's pristine wilderness and will trace the lives of Olaus and Mardie Murie, legendary conservationists who were devoted to the protection of America's Arctic. Jon is the author of eight books, published in several languages, and the only author whose books have twice won the Banff International Book Festival "Best Adventure Travel" award. He has been presented with a National Park Service Special Achievement Award for his rescue work on McKinley, the American Alpine Club's Literary Award, and is an honorary member for life of Phi Kappa Phi. Jon's television documentary films (The Logan Challenge, Surviving Denali, Odyssey Among the Inuit) have aired on PBS, ESPN, and the Outdoor Life Network. For more information, call 327-4560.

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