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Caitlin Press Presents a Book Launch with Dianne Whelan

Posted: December 4, 2009

Sunshine Coast author and filmmaker Dianne Whelan brings the Canadian Arctic to Sechelt with a launch for her first book, This Vanishing Land: A Woman’s Journey to the Canadian Arctic (Caitlin Press), at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa Street, on Friday, December 11 at 8pm.

This Vanishing Land details Whelan’s experiences travelling to the Canadian Arctic to document a Canadian sovereignty patrol in the spring of 2007. She accompanies members of the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Rangers on a dangerous 2,000-kilometre journey to raise a flag at Ward Hunt Island, the northernmost tip of Canada and only 684 kilometres from the North Pole.

Whelan was the first woman to accompany the Rangers on this never-before patrolled route of the northwestern coast of Ellesmere Island, and she had to endure gruelling conditions and many mental and physical challenges to complete the trip. Whelan also released a documentary film on the same topic, This Land, with the National Film Board earlier this fall. Both the book and film discuss the political significance of the Canadian High Arctic as well as the impact of climate change on the area.

Dianne Whelan is an award-winning Canadian photographer and journalist. She has a degree in political theory from McGill University and documentary film production from Capilano University. She is currently in pre-production for her next book and film project, 40 Days at Base Camp, which will take place at 17,000 feet on Mount Everest in the spring of 2010. Whelan lives in Garden Bay.

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