Book details

Publication date: July 2018
Features: 32 B&W photographs, map
Series: Wayfarer
Keywords: The North / Environment / Travel / Women's Studies
Subject(s): TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues, The North / Environment / Travel / Women's Studies, SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change, SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology, Climate change, The North / Environment / Travel / Women's Studies, Ecological science, the Biosphere, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Canadian
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Jenna Butler. Jenna Butler is a poet, professor, essayist, and organic farmer from northern Alberta. She teaches Creative Writing at Red Deer College. Her most recent books include Seldom Seen Road, Wells, Aphelion, and an award-winning collection of ecological essays, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail.

# 7 on Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, August 16, 2018


"Magnetic North is a beautiful little book, full of moments of intense vision, but it’s also another ecological warning, couched in a poet’s deep understanding of what she has seen & recorded in our now changing north. Wholly engaging both emotionally & intellectually, it’s one of those books that truly adds to our understanding of the world we live in & continue to wound." [Full review at https://eclecticruckus.wordpress.com/2018/09/28/jenna-butlers-visionary-voyage-into-the-arctic/]

Douglas Barbour, Eclectic Ruckus


"The remote island of Spitsbergen, on Norway’s northern Svalbard archipelago, provides the setting for Butler’s evocative ruminations on the harsh beauty at the edge of the world.... Butler’s book is not a standard travel narrative; rather, she wields poetic prose to describe a place that most humans will never visit. The result is highly recommended for lovers of poetry and nature writing."

Publishers Weekly, starred review


# 3 on Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, December 01, 2018


# 1 on Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, January 13, 2019

Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers


"[Jenna Butler is an] acute observer and a precise and cogent writer... [Hers] is a journey motivated by curiosity about the north, and a longing for sights to be seen before they disappear forever. Her descriptions of settlements scattered between mainland Norway and the Arctic Circle are evocative: her prose is poetic, and her poems (interspersed in the text) are visual and concrete." [Full review at http://canlit.ca/article/voyages-of-desire/]

Hilary Turner, Canadian Literature


“…an alternate view of the grandeur of Arctic nature, the paradox of Russian mining settlements in an area under Norwegian sovereignty, the critically endangered nature of the islands, how people respond to the extreme environment and living conditions in the Arctic, and a deep personal reflection on traveling to this part of the globe…” Ingo Heidbrink, The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, Vol. XXVIII, No. 4 [Full review at https://www.cnrs-scrn.org/northern_mariner/vol28/tnm_28_br_385-438.pdf]

Ingo Heidbrink, The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord


"Magnetic North is a delight, perfect for amateur botanists, naturalists or simply admirers of Butler's astonishing gifts as a poet."

Shirely Roburn, Alberta Views


"...Sea Voyage to Svalbard is a journey motivated by curiosity about the north, and a longing for sights to be seen before they disappear forever. Her descriptions of settlements scattered between mainland Norway and the Arctic Circle are evocative: her prose is poetic, and her poems (interspersed in the text) are visual and concrete."

Hilary Turner, Canadian Literature

The ecologically-centered nonfiction vignettes are lyric, descriptive and brimming with carefully curated sensory detail. This is an instantly likable, highly intelligent, and empathetic narrator, one that we can trust from beginning to end.

Brenda Schmidt, poet


“Jenna Butler takes us to the Norwegian Arctic, providing the reader with starkly vivid, incisive, and memorable images of its raw, unforgiving nature, the profound effects of what humans are doing to the North, and the equally powerful effects on the author herself. Her writing is beautiful, spare, inventive, and carved out of the experience with razor-sharp clarity.”

Lorri Neilsen Glenn, award-winning author, poet, editor, and teacher


INDIE Book of the Year Awards (Travel) | Foreword Reviews, United States
Short-listed
2019
Trade Non-Fiction | Alberta Book Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Canada
Short-listed
2019
xi The Journey
1 Lines Toward Ice
7 Pyramiden
13 Ornithomancy
19 Night
23 Bone
29 The Men at the Edge of the World
35 She Becomes the Ocean
41 Arctic by Air
47 Afloat
53 Barentsburg
59 Cusp
65 Postcard from Svalbard
71 At the Face
77 Threads
83 Leaving Days
89 Song to the Boreal

ISBNs: 9781772123821 978-1-77212-382-1 Title: magnetic north ISBNs: 9781772124217 978-1-77212-421-7 Title: magnetic north ISBNs: 9781772124231 978-1-77212-423-1 Title: magnetic north ISBNs: 9781772124224 978-1-77212-422-4 Title: magnetic north