Start: 7:00 pm
Author Shannon Polson will talk about North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey, a memoir of adventure, tragedy, family and faith, and a daughter navigating the wilderness of an Alaskan river and of her own heart. When her parents are killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska’s remote Arctic, she is forced into a wilderness of grief. Polson travels from her home in Seattle to the wilderness of Alaska, where she retraces her father and stepmother’s final days along an Arctic river, effortlessly weaving together the internal landscape of grief with the exterior landscape of the Arctic, elegantly entwining natural history, adventure, and sacred pilgrimage while she wrestles with and draws strength from her faith and memories. Shannon Polson lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. She is anthologized in Be There Now: Travel Stories From Around the World and More Than 85Broads, and her work has appeared in High Country News, and Seattle and Alaska Magazines, among others. She served eight years as an attack helicopter pilot in the Army and worked five years in corporate marketing and management roles before turning to writing full time. Polson serves on the board of the Alaska Wilderness League and sings with the critically acclaimed Seattle Pro Musica. Polson has scuba dived, sky dived and climbed around the world, including ascents of Denali and Kilimanjaro, and completed two Ironman triathlons. In September 2009, Polson was awarded the Trailblazer Woman of Valor award from Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell.
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