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By Jennifer Kingsley

“This account of danger, hardship and triumph (involving both nature and relations among the canoeists) makes for compulsive reading, aided by Kingsley’s easy style.”
Toronto Star

“A page-turner of an adventure in the Far North, at turns bone-chilling, mind-blowing, and exultant. This is travel-writing at its best.”
-Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood



Paddlenorth is an adventure memoir by Jennifer Kingsley, a writer and natural history guide, about the two months paddling the Back River, the longest and most difficult river in Canada’s subarctic. There she and her five companions battled raging winds, impenetrable sea ice, and treacherous rapids, while also contending with rising tensions among the group.

Woven through this spellbinding narrative are the histories of other explorers who followed the same route, many of whom perished of starvation and exposure, are often-harrowing accounts of the journeys of earlier explorers. Paddlenorth paints an indelible portrait of the spectacular northern landscape, rendered with a naturalist’s eye and an artist’s sensibility, placing Kingsley within a tradition of arctic travelers who tried to define the wilderness but found themselves changed by it instead.

“Kingsley goes in search of a place where she feels ‘both small and strong,’ and comes back with a fast-paced story of risk, reward and raw emotion. For fans of adventure literature, here is a wilder Wild.”
-J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World

“There’s a lot to like in this book—and a lot to be learned. If you’re dreaming of mounting your own arctic river expedition, you’ll be taking notes.”
-Jo Deurbrouck, author of Anything Worth Doing: A True Story of Adventure, Friendship and Tragedy on the Last of the West’s Great Rivers

“A perilous journey through an unforgiving landscape. A wild adventure that sweeps you up in its wake. Jennifer Kingsley is a wicked paddler and a beautiful writer.”
-Andrew Westoll, author of The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary

“In the tradition of great exploration literature, Jennifer Kingsley examines both the wilderness she paddles through and the wilderness within. An engrossing story that illuminates the north and the nature of friendship.”
—Don Gillmor, author of Mount Pleasant

“Readers planning to embark on an extended wilderness adventure will gain many practical tips in the pages of Paddlenorth.”
Quill & Quire


Greystone Books, North America, France, Germany, Sept 2014