The Arctic Book Review



The Arctic Book Review was founded in 1999 as a bi-annual (Spring and Fall) review of books on subjects related to the Arctic. Although our initial reviews have been mostly of books relating to the Eastern Canadian Arctic and Greenland, we would welcome reviews of books from or relating to all circumpolar nations and peoples. We welcome submissions or proposals of reviews; these should ideally be in electronic form, and can be submitted via e-mail or as html documents.

Submissions, proposals, and feedback should be sent to the Editor, Russell A. Potter.





Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is co-director of Polarworld, and the author of numerous pictorial histories of the poles, oceans, and mountains, incuding Face to Face: Polar Portraits (Polarworld with SPRI). He is a former Curator of Art at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, UK.


Kenn Harper is the author of Give Me My Father's Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo (Steerforth Press). He lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut.


Lawrence Millman is the author of a host of distinguished Arctic books, among them A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Lost in the Arctic, and Last Places. He lives in Cambridge, Massacusetts.


Jonathan Dore is an editor and writer whose credits include articles on exploration for the Encarta Encyclopedia (World English Edition) and commissioning of a number of reference volumes for Fitzroy Dearborn publishers in London, among them the Encyclopedia of the Arctic. His reviews have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and the New York Times Book Review. After some years homesteading on Pender Island in British Columbia, he has returned to Cambridge, UK.


Dr Russell A. Potter is Professor of English at Rhode Island College. He is the author of several articles about the nineteenth-century fascination with the Arctic, and has appeared in the documentary The Search for the Northwest Passage, co-produced by ITN Factual and WGBH. His second book, Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, 1818-1875 was published in November 2007 by the University of Washington Press.


David Owen has written occasional journalisms for nearly twenty years. He has most recently written for the Globe and Mail Newspaper, and Shift Magazine. For many years, he has claimed to be working on a screenplay about the Franklin Expedition. Currently, he works as a Gaffer (chief lighting technician on a film set) in Toronto, Ontario.


The late John David Hamilton was an author, broadcaster and former documentary maker with long experience in the North; he made made his first trip to Yellowknife in 1942. He was the author of a book, Arctic Revolution (1997), as well as a collection of stories (Bob Friday's Other Eye), and has worked for United Press International and CBC Radio and Television.


Paul vanPeenen is a photographer, writer and paddler interested in all things Arctic. Between journeys he makes his home in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada.


Lorrie Beaver Levesque lives with her husband and a cat. She hates winter more with every passing year. This does not prevent her from enjoying a lifelong fascination with polar exploration as long as it is in a comfortable chair with a cup of hot tea or cocoa.