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Stephen R. Bown Named a Finalist for a National Award

Stephen R. Bown Named a Finalist for a National Award

June 2016

Acclaimed Alberta author Stephen R. Bown has been named a finalist for a national literary award for his most recent book, White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic . The Canadian Authors Association Award for Canadian History is awarded to the best historical non-fiction book on Canadian topics by a Canadian writer published in the preceding year.

This is the second award nomination Bown's book has received, as it was a finalist for an Alberta Literary Award, the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction, earlier this year.

White Eskimo is the first full-length biography of explorer Knud Rasmussen. Though less known today than his contemporaries Roald Amundsen and Robert Edwin Peary, Rasmussen (18791933) was one of the most intriguing of the great early twentieth century Arctic explorers. Born and raised in Greenland, and part Inuit on his mother's side, Rasmussen could shoot a gun and harness a team of sled dogs by the time he was eight. He undertook some of the most astounding feats of endurance in the annals of polar exploration, including the Fifth Thule Expedition, a three-year, 20,000-mile odyssey by dogsled from Greenland to Alaska. Even more impressively, he travelled without the elaborate preparations and large support staffs employed by other explorers, surviving with only a few Inuit assistants and living off the land.

White Eskimo will appeal to lovers of extreme adventure, remote cultures and timeless legends. Bown brings Rasmussen's inspiring story to life in all its richness, with the readability of a good novel.

Bown is the author of many other critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including Merchant Kings; Madness, Betrayal and the Lash; and most recently, The Last Viking, which was named one of The Globe and Mail's Best 100 Books of 2012. Born in Ottawa, Bown now lives in the Canadian Rockies with his wife and two children.

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