I’m excited to tell you that at long last I have the product of a couple years of really enjoyable work just about ready to share. It’s my new book, called Out in the Cold (cover, left), and over the next few weeks I’ll share some photos and excerpts here on the blog. Out in the Cold is an exploration of points north: Svalbard, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and maritime eastern Canada, including a curious artifact, the last remaining French colony in North America, a tiny pair of islands off Newfoundland called Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
Over the course of the book we have the opportunity to meet some real characters, and to explore a little history, including Viking exploration and colonization, how faraway wars affected the people of the North Atlantic, and matters relating to how the outposts got along with their colonial masters Norway and Denmark.
The book opens with the 2015 total solar eclipse in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about 800 miles from the North Pole. To start us off, here’s a look at Main Street in the only town up there, Longyearbyen:
As usual, you can always click the photos for larger versions on EarthPhotos.com. Out in the Cold will be ready for purchase this spring. Between now and publication I’ll have either a photo or an excerpt from the book once or twice a week here on CS&W. Out in the Cold is my third book, alongside the previous Common Sense and Whiskey, Modest Adventures Far from Home, and Visiting Chernobyl, A Considered Guide.