Joanna Kafarowski

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Joanna Kafarowski is an independent scholar and geographer with a passion for researching and writing about women and polar exploration. She has lectured on a cruise ship travelling to Greenland, Iceland, Jan Mayen Land and Svalbard; worked with Indigenous women in the Arctic and participated in a Last Degree North Pole Expedition. Her next book entitled, "Antarctic Pioneer A Life of Jackie Ronne" is the first biography of a female Antarctic explorer and will be published in the spring of 2022 by Dundurn Press. She is also the author of "The Polar Adventures of A Rich American Dame A Life of Louise Arner Boyd" (Dundurn Press, 2017) which is the first comprehensive biography of a female Arctic explorer. Joanna has a bachelor's degree in Engl ...more

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Joanna Kafarowski Louise Arner Boyd's biography could be written by a woman or a man. The reason why my book is subtitled "A Life of Louise Arner Boyd" and not "The Lif…moreLouise Arner Boyd's biography could be written by a woman or a man. The reason why my book is subtitled "A Life of Louise Arner Boyd" and not "The Life of Louise Arner Boyd" is because this book is written from my perspective and based on my research. As such, it is shaped and impacted by my own biases and experience. Another writer (male or female) would write a completely different book. And I hope they do in my lifetime. Louise Arner Boyd's life and career is a rich one and more research and writing needs to be conducted on her scientific contributions, her photography, her maps, etc.- there is so much scope there! Such a marvellous woman, as you know! Thanks so much for your interest, Jim and I look forward to meeting you this week at the CoCoCo History Center!(less)
Joanna Kafarowski Like you, I love history! The name of Louise Arner Boyd has largely been forgotten despite her accomplishments and scientific contributions so it was …moreLike you, I love history! The name of Louise Arner Boyd has largely been forgotten despite her accomplishments and scientific contributions so it was a real joy to research her life and times and bring her story to the page. Looking forward to hearing what you think about the book, Pam!(less)
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Now that I'm in the full swing of the book promotional tour, I'm happy to report that I'm having a blast. An unexpected delight has been the strong interest from book clubs across North America. I just participated in a virtual book club based in California but with members from all over the world and I've got a few more coming up in the next few weeks. If you have a book club and are interested i Read more of this blog post »
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“Miss Boyd’s voyages to Greenland were conducted during a transitional period in polar exploration between “the Golden Age,” in which conquering the poles was accomplished by overland routes and by sea, and the modern technological era heralded by early polar flights by Amundsen, Ellsworth, and Byrd. Gillis wrote that Louise Arner Boyd “represented one of the last revivals of a Victorian phenomenon the wealthy explorer who poured a personal fortune into expeditions aimed at advancing science and satisfying profound personal curiosity.” [3] In rejecting a sedate and sheltered life as a wealthy wife and mother, she defied societal expectations. But she also challenged the ideal of a polar explorer as defined by manliness, stoicism, and heroism. Her seven daring expeditions to northern Norway and Greenland between 1926 and 1955 paved the way for later female polar explorers,”
Joanna Kafarowski, The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd

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“I have got the Arctic lure and will certainly go North again.”
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“I must say that the charm of the Arctic, its infinite diversity, its aloofness from the rest of the world, made it a field which gives its own reward. Only those who have seen the magnificent sunsets over the ice, who have…been buffeted by storms… can appreciate the spell which always draws us back there.”
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A group devoted to reading about the most inaccessible places on and above our planet. The focus will be on human heroic exploration starting with the ...more



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