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Author Talk: Arctic Solitaire
Join us as we welcome award-winning nature photographer Paul Souders to Vintage Books in support of his new memoir from Mountaineers Books, "Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, A Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear." Paul gives a highly entertaining presentation loaded with stunning images of the Arctic. He will answer questions and sign books afterward. This event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by Clark County Green Neighbors.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Photographer Paul Souders considered himself a lucky guy. He traveled the world and got paid to take pictures. Yet at age fifty he seemed an unlikely explorer. Recently married, he was leading a generally contented life as an urban homebody, ending most days with a cold martini and a home-cooked meal. So how did he find himself alone aboard a tiny boat, enduring bad weather and worse cooking, while struggling to find his way across more than a thousand miles of Hudson Bay?
It was all for a picture. He dreamed of photographing the Arctic’s most iconic animal, the polar bear, in its natural habitat. It was a seemingly simple plan: Haul a 22-foot fishing boat northeast a few thousand miles, launch, and shoot the perfect polar bear photo. After an inauspicious start and endless days spent driving to the end of northern Canada’s road system, he backed his C-Dory, C-Sick, into a small tributary of Hudson Bay. Battered by winds and plagued by questionable navigation,
Paul slowly motored C-Sick north in the hopes of finding the melting summer ice that should be home to more than a thousand polar bears. He struggled along for weeks, grounding on rocks, hiding from storms, and stopping in isolated Inuit villages, until finally, he found the ice and the world was transformed. The ice had brought hundreds of walrus into the bay and dozens of polar bears arrived to hunt and feed. For a few magical days, he was surrounded by incredible wildlife photo ops. He was hooked.
6613 E Mill Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661
Event Sponsor Clark County Green Neighbors, Vintage Books, Mountaineers Books