Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, A Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear

Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, A Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear

Join us for Mountaineers Books’ September 18th live web event, featuring professional photographer and intrepid explorer Paul Souders, the author of "Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, A Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear."
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How does one capture the perfect polar bear photo? For Paul, it meant taking his 22-foot boat (unfortunately named C-Sick) to Hudson Bay, where he would travel alone in uncharted Arctic waters for more than a thousand miles in search of bears in the pack ice. In this talk, Paul will share his triumphs, misadventures, and lessons learned from the unpredictable Arctic wilderness.

The presentation will run about 30 minutes, followed by a 30 minute question and answer period. Register today, even if you can’t attend on September 18, and we’ll send you a recording of the event a day or two afterward. Plus, when you register you’ll automatically be entered to win one of three free copies of Arctic Solitaire!

About the Author:

For more than thirty years, Paul Souders has traveled around the world and across all seven continents working as a professional photographer. His images have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including National Geographic, Time, and Life magazines in the United States and Geo in France and Germany, as well as hundreds of other publishing and advertising projects.

Traveling solo in a 22-foot powerboat, he covered thousands of miles of remote coastline to photograph polar bears in the Canadian arctic. The resulting images have drawn wide acclaim: first place awards at the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2011 and 2013, the National Geographic Photography Contest in 2013, and Grand Prize in the 2014 Big Picture Competition. Paul has been slapped by penguins, kissed by dolphins, head-butted by walrus, terrorized by lions, and menaced by vertebrates large and small. He once spent twenty-seven hours digging a safari truck out of the Seregenti mud using only a saucepan. He still thinks he has the best job in the world.

He lives in a 1905 farmhouse in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood with his wife, Janet, and their dog, Lulu. His images and writing appear on his website: Arctic Solitaire is his first book.

Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, A Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear
A real-time online presentation and Q&A
September 18, 6:00-7:00pm PDT
Admission is free

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