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Caitlin Author Presents Book About Canadian Arctic


Posted: November 18, 2009

Meet author and filmmaker Dianne Whelan at a signing for her first book, This Vanishing Land: A Woman’s Journey to the Canadian Arctic, at the Blue Waters Book Company in Madeira Park on Friday, November 27 from 1-3pm and at Will O' the Woods at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons on Saturday, November 28 from 1-3pm..

This Vanishing Land details Whelan’s experiences travelling to the Canadian Arctic to document a Canadian sovereignty patrol in the spring of 2007. She accompanies members of the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Rangers on a dangerous 2,000-kilometre journey to raise a flag at Ward Hunt Island, the northernmost tip of Canada and only 684 kilometres from the North Pole.

Whelan was the first woman to accompany the Rangers on this never-before patrolled route of the northwestern coast of Ellesmere Island, and she had to endure gruelling conditions and many mental and physical challenges to complete the trip. Whelan also released a documentary film on the same topic, This Land, with the National Film Board earlier this fall. Both the book and film discuss the political significance of the Canadian High Arctic as well as the impact of climate change on the area.

Dianne Whelan is an award-winning Canadian photographer and journalist. She has a degree in political theory from McGill University and documentary film production from Capilano University. She is currently in pre-production for her next book and film project, 40 Days at Base Camp, which will take place at 17,000 feet on Mount Everest in the spring of 2010. Whelan lives in Garden Bay.

For more information about the book signing, please phone The Blue Water Book Co. at (604) 883-9006 or email info@bluewaters.ca.