An evening with James Raffan
In 2020, James was named by Canadian Geographic as one of the “90 most influential explorers in the nation’s recorded history." James has spent his life exploring the North by almost every conveyance imaginable, from snowshoes to nuclear-powered icebreakers. Along the way, he has woven together the stories of place and people and has brought those stories back to stage and auditoriums around the world. Rosseau Lake College is delighted to partner with James, bringing him for an intimate evening of discussion. He'll be speaking about his deepest passions: nature, people and how we can coexist in the Arctic.
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Thursday, April 13
In the Rowntree Academic Centre on the campus of Rosseau Lake College
Praise for Ice Walker:
“I have never felt as intimate with another animal as I have with Raffan’s polar bear, Nanu. Raffan evokes her world – on land and ice, hunting, hibernating, giving birth, and raising cubs – with a sensory vocabulary that combines science and poetry to powerful effect. In so doing, Raffan initiates us into “bearness”, putting us, not just inside Nanu’s den but, almost literally, under her skin, where we become deeply invested in her life and fate, which is unavoidably linked to our own.”
John Vaillant, award-winning author of The Golden Spruce and The Tiger.
“For most of my life, I have read stories of animals, stories that possibly made me who I am. My heroes have been the likes of Ernest Thompson Seton, who was able to get inside the skin of other creatures without anthropomorphizing. James Raffan’s Ice Walker is a worthy member of that tradition. As he captures the smells, sounds and feel of the Arctic, we become engaged and travel with Nanu and share her world. We care about her, her cubs, and her environment and end up wanting to protect those all the more. This book is important reading!”
Robert Bateman, Canadian artist, naturalist and bestselling author of Life Sketches and Robert Bateman’s Canada