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Joanna Kafarowski

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Joanna Kafarowski is an independent scholar who has a passion for the North. She has worked with Indigenous women in the Arctic on natural resource issues and participated in a Last Degree North Pole Expedition. She and her family travelled for a year throughout Central America during which she worked in environmental education at a Costa Rican school. She has just completed the first comprehensive biography of female explorer Louise Arner Boyd entitled, "The Polar Adventures of A Rich American Dame A Life of Louise Arner Boyd" (Dundurn Press, 2017). Joanna has a bachelor's degree in English literature, a master's degree in Geography, a doctorate in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies and a Professional Specialization Certificate in ...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…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 intereste... 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

“I have got the Arctic lure and will certainly go North again.”
Louise Arner Boyd

“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.”
Louise Arner Boyd

“I love you with an awful intensity. Sometimes when I just sit in a trance staring at a piece of paper, pen poised and immovable, longing for you and remembering you and imagining you. I love you horribly and beautifully.”
Marlene Wagman-Geller, Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature's Most Intriguing Dedications
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