Hot Book of the Week – Arctic Solitaire

Perhaps I should refer to Paul Souders’ book as the “Cold Book of the Week”, rather than the Hot one. Arctic Solitaire is subtitled “A Boat, a Boy, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear.” Signed copies are available through the Web Store.

Here’s the summary of Arctic Solitaire.

A photographer, a boat, and a somewhat quixotic quest to capture the perfect polar bear photo

“¢ Damned funny adventure tale from a gifted photographer and writer
“¢ Author is winner of prestigious National Geographic and BBC photography awards
“¢ Color photos throughout

Photographer Paul Souders considered himself a lucky guy. He traveled the world and got paid to take pictures. Yet at age fifty he seemed an unlikely explorer. Recently married, he was leading a generally contented life as an urban homebody, ending most days with a cold martini and a home-cooked meal. So how did he find himself alone aboard a tiny boat, enduring bad weather and worse cooking, while struggling to find his way across more than a thousand miles of of Hudson Bay?

It was all for a picture. He dreamed of photographing the Arctic’s most iconic animal, the polar bear, in its natural habitat.

It was a seemingly simple plan: Haul a 22-foot fishing boat northeast a few thousand miles, launch, and shoot the perfect polar bear photo. After an inauspicious start and endless days spent driving to the end of northern Canada’s road system, he backed his C-Dory, C-Sick, into a small tributary of Hudson Bay. Battered by winds and plagued by questionable navigation, Paul slowly motored C-Sick north in the hopes of finding the melting summer ice that should be home to more than a thousand polar bears. He struggled along for weeks, grounding on rocks, hiding from storms, and stopping in isolated Inuit villages, until finally, he found the ice and the world was transformed. The ice had brought hundreds of walrus into the bay and dozens of polar bears arrived to hunt and feed. For a few magical days, he was surrounded by incredible wildlife photo ops. He was hooked.