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Northern Adventures

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Glenbow Museum Theatre

130 9th Ave SE

Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3

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These authors have uncovered key players and stories from Canada’s past that have often been left out of the history books. This adventurous combo of conversation and readings will take Wordfesters on a journey to find a lost relative in Inuvik, uncover the politics of the Northwest Passage, learn how art redefined military tactics, and discover how Inuit knowledge led to the finding of shipwrecks in the Arctic.

Dead Reckoning (Ken McGoogan)

Dead Reckoning challenges the conventional narrative of Arctic exploration by integrating non-British and fur-trade explorers and, above all, Canada’s indigenous peoples, bringing the story of Arctic discovery into the twenty-first century. Orthodox history celebrates naval figures such as John Franklin, Edward Parry, and James Clark Ross. Dead Reckoning tells their stories, but the book also encompasses forgotten heroes such as Thanadelthur, Akaitcho, Tattanoeuck, Ouligbuck, Tookoolito and Ebierbing, to name just a few. Without the assistance of the Inuit, Franklin’s recently discovered ships, Erebus and Terror, would still be lying undiscovered at the bottom of the polar sea. Informed by the author’s own voyages and researches in the Arctic, and illustrated throughout, Dead Reckoning is a colourful, multidimensional saga.

Minds of Winter (Ed O’Loughlin)

Fay Morgan and Nelson Nilsson have each arrived in Inuvik, Canada, about 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Both are in search of answers about a family member: Nelson for his estranged older brother, and Fay for her vanished grandfather. Soon Fay and Nelson realize that their relatives have an extraordinary and historic connection, the “Arnold 294” chronometer, which reappeared in Britain more than a hundred years after it was lost in the Arctic with the ships and men of Sir John Franklin’s Northwest Passage expedition. The secret history of this elusive timepiece, Fay and Nelson will discover, ties them and their families to a journey that echoes across two centuries.

Dazzle Ships (Jamie Sharpe)

Jamie Sharpe’s Dazzle Ships draws its title from 20th century ships that employed dazzle camouflage: a confusing array of lines that distorted the viewer’s perspective, using art to hide life. Sharpe’s collection is also concerned with art’s relationship to life. It questions how we build poems from the material of mass culture.

Ice Ghosts (Paul Watson)

In Ice Ghosts, Paul Watson takes readers on an unforgettable journey into the unforgiving North in search of the vanished Franklin and his crew. Watson was on the icebreaker leading the mission that discovered the Erebus in 2014, and he broke the news of the discovery of the Terror in 2016. Ice Ghosts masterfully weaves together history and contemporary reporting in a full account of these events, which, as Watson reveals, only found success when longtime prejudice against Inuit forms of knowledge was set aside.

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