Florence, Dante and Me

In the early 1960s, when all things European were hip, a UBC student went to Italy for a year to study Dante. His letters home are the subject of a new book. Review by Beverly Cramp. FULL STORY

High Arctic survival in a rowboat

August 14th, 2017

Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, architect and adventurer Kevin Vallely crossed the treacherous Northwest Passage – in nothing more than a rowboat. Travelling with a team, Vallely faces life-threatening storms and unbelievable weather to reach his goal. He also encounters natural beauty rivalled by few other destinations in the world: graceful belugas, hairy muskoxen, and herds of caribou. All these experiences are captured in Rowing the Northwest Passage: Adventure, Fear, and Awe in a Rising Sea (Greystone $24.95).  Due to climate change in the high Arctic, the Passage is now ice-free for a brief window in summer. Vallely also draws readers’ attention to the catastrophic impacts of climate change in the high Arctic. Part adventure story, part striking portrayal of Arctic life, Rowing the Northwest Passage casts new light on a place that seems surreal to most of southern Canadians. Vallely’s previous adventures include scaling a volcano in Java to trekking across Antarctica. He is a member of the Explorer’s Club and an Explorer’s Club Flag recipient and was named one of Canada’s leading adventurers by the Globe and Mail in 2003. In 2009, he and two teammates broke the world record for the fastest unsupported trek from the edge of the Antarctic continent to the Geographic South Pole. 978-1-77164-134-0

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