2019 RBC Taylor Prize winner Kate Harris (Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road), debut author Anna Maxymiw (Dirty Work), and writer and scientist Caroline Van Hemert (The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds) all weave vibrant memories into sparkling narratives in their latest memoirs. As they share their stories of travel and self-discovery in the great outdoors, you’ll find yourself on a journey of your own, getting joyfully lost in the pages of these books and their creators’ conversation. The conversation will be moderated by Bert Archer. Hosted by Steven W. Beattie.
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Bert Archer is a Toronto writer, largely about travel and books he finds while travelling, for several newspapers and magazines in Canada and the US, including a new column that covers both travel and books for the Globe and Mail. You can follow his travels on Twitter @BertArcher and Instagram @World.of.Bert and read more about them at bertarcher.com.
Toronto writer and critic Steven W. Beattie is the review editor for Quill & Quire. His writing has appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Notes & Queries and elsewhere. He maintains the literary website That Shakespearean Rag.
Kate Harris has written for The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and The Georgia Review, among other publications. A Rhodes scholar (Oxford — History of Science) with degrees from MIT and UNC Chapel Hill, she was named one of Canada's top modern-day explorers and has won several awards for her nonfiction writing. She lives off-grid in a log cabin in Atlin, BC. Lands of Lost Borders is her first book.
Anna Maxymiw lives in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt Magazine, Maclean’s, and The Washington Post, and has won a National Magazine Award for humour. Her first book, Dirty Work, is out with McClelland & Stewart.
Caroline Van Hemert is a biologist and adventurer whose journeys have taken her from the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean to the swamps of the Okavango Delta. She currently works at the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center and regularly publishes articles in scientific journals about birds and other wildlife in the north. Her research and expeditions have been featured by the New York Times, MSNBC, National Geographic and more. She lives in Alaska with her husband and two young sons.