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Boundless

Kathleen Winter’s first work of narrative nonfiction is both a travel journal and a meditation on Canada's relationship with the North and the people who call it home.

Kathleen Winter

In 2010, bestselling author Kathleen Winter took a journey across the storied Northwest Passage, among marine scientists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and curious passengers. From Greenland to Baffin Island and all along the passage, Winter bears witness to the new math of the melting North ― where polar bears mate with grizzlies, creating a new hybrid species; where the earth is on the cusp of yielding so much buried treasure that five nations stand poised to claim sovereignty of the land; and where the local Inuit population struggles to navigate the tension between taking part in the new global economy and defending their traditional way of life.

Throughout the journey, Winter also learns from fellow passengers, and guides us through her own personal odyssey — emigrating from England to Canada as a child and discovering both what was lost and what was gained as a result of that journey. (From House of Anansi Press)

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From the book

The colours burned cold and intense — that turquoise Arctic water, the snow, ice, and purple mountains — and I felt the complete presence of a terrain that knows an absence of the markers that signify "business as usual" in the south. Light did not contain itself within southern boundaries, but sank into the water and land and made them glow. Light pulsed in and out of rock, ice, and water, illuminating strange crevices. This illumination entered my mind and cast light on thoughts hiding in shadows, and entered my body too, the same energy imbuing the land. My whole being became ignited in a hybrid world between thought and material process.


From Boundless by Kathleen Winter ©2014. Published by House of Anansi Press.

Author interviews

Kathleen Winter on "Boundless 2:23
Montreal based author Kathleen Winter is one of this country's most important writers. Her new book 'Boundless' is up for a RBC Taylor prize. We speak to her about her essay 'Writing with the Body' and how this has informed 'Boundless.' 15:53

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