Meet James Raffan. Speaker, Author. Adventurer.

Circling the Midnight Sun Promotional Itinerary

2014

Sunday, March 23rd—Spur Festival in Winnipeg, in conjunction with CBC Radio’s Ideas, a talk entitled “The North in Seven Years,” at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, which is really the first time out with a set of remarks based on the whole of the research for Circling the Midnight Sun.
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Friday, August 22nd—Interview for Podcast on Kickass Canadians Website. Details: A Skype conversation with Amanda Sage, Founder of the Kickass Canadians Website. Podcast link: www.kickasscanadians.ca/james-raffan

Friday, August 29th—Interview with Harry Wilson, Associate Editor of Canadian Geographic. Text to be published online and in the November Issue of Canadian Geographic Travel.

Sunday, September 21thWord on the Street Festival in Toronto.   Details: A conversation with fellow author, entitled “Nature Talks: From the City to the Arctic Circle,” in the “Nothing But the Truth Tent” at Queen’s Park—4:45-5:15 pm. Word on the Street Website: www.thewordonthestreet.ca

Friday, September 26thKingston Writersfest. An evening event at the Holiday Inn with Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Trevor Herriot and James Raffan in conversation with musician and environmental advocate, Sarah Harmer, on the topic of “The Wild Within and Without. 7:30 pm Tickets: http://kingstongrand.ca/event/30-wild-within-and-without

Friday, September 26th—Opening of Arctic Faces and Places, a photographic exhibit and sale with images from the Circling the Midnight Sun Project at Kingston Frameworks Gallery 198 Princess Street. Exhibit preview reception at 5:30 pm. Exhibit and sale runs from September 26th to October 10th. www.kingstonframeworks.ca

Wednesday, October 1st—An evening presentation at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (www.pwnhc.ca)in Yellowknife organized in conjunction with Judith Drinnan, manager of the Yellowknife Book Cellar (bookmanager.com).

Thursday, October 2nd — Presentations in Yellowknife schools for Grade 7 students.

Sunday, October 5th—An evening presentation in the Communicating Climate Change Adaptation Series at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, Kilometer 1423 Alaska Highway in Whitehorse. Details: www.beringia.com

Monday, October 6th—Book promotion activity in Vancouver. Details to come.

Tuesday, October 7th—Evening book event with the Salt Spring Forum, hosted by Polar Politico, UBC Professor and Canada Research Chair, Michael Byers,on Salt Spring Island. In the tradition of the Forum, this will be a wide-ranging 90-minute Q&A session instead of a formal presentation. Books will be sold at the event by Salt Spring Books.

Thursday, October 9th—Book promotion activities in Kelowna. It’s all happening at Mosaic Books , the Okanagan’s Largest Independent Bookstore since 1968, at noon—meet the author, hear a story or two, buy a book (or two) and have it signed.

Wednesday, October 15th—A house concert with stories and music from the book.  For details, contact David Finch <daafinch@gmail.com>.

Thursday, October 16th—An evening event called Circling the North at Calgary Wordfest. The mainstage event at the Theatre Junction Grand will include Michele Genest in conversation with Jennifer Kingsley and James reflecting on the beauty, vulnerability and often-invisible presence of the Arctic. Details: www.wordfest.com

Sunday, October 19th—Join Shelagh Rogers in conversation with James, recorded live for the CBC radio program “The Next Chapter,” at a Books and Brunch event at Elmhirst Resort on Rice Lake near Peterborough, a fundraising event for the Canadian Canoe Museum. For tickets and details: www.canoemuseum.ca

Tuesday, October 28th—Promotional activities in Toronto. Media during the day (details to follow) with an evening presentation at the Whiff of Grape dinner in the evening.

Saturday, December 6th—New date for event at Quitter’s Coffee in Stittsville, Ontario.   Details pending.

November 6-10th—Series of talks in NE United States hosted by the Centre for Circumpolar Studies at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Details to follow. www.circumpolarstudies.org

Thursday, November 13th—Keynote address at the 5th Annual Philanthropy Forum hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough. Details: www.cfgp.ca

November 24th-26th—Keynote at the 2014 International Adventure Conference in Sogndal, Norway. Details: adventureconference2014.no

November 26th — The Embassy of Canada to Norway is pleased to host Canadian author and adventurer James Raffan as he presents his new book at Litteraturhuset in Oslo, Wednesday November 26 at 1500.

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November 27-28 — James will be attending a number of events and a youth rally with Natur ug Ungdom (Norwegian Nature and Youth) in Tromso Norway.

Saturday December 6th— 7 pm  A very special book night for Circling the Midnight Sun at Quitters Coffee , 1523 Stittsville Main Street in Stittsville, just west of Ottawa, hosted by Quitters Proprietress Kathleen Edwards.  Stories, slides, music, goodies and fun.  Free admission.  Books4sale.

2015

January 21, 2015—An evening with James Raffan at Handcrafted Canoes in Waterloo, Ontario (http://www.handcraftedcanoes.com/Guest_Speakers.html)

February 2nd – 5th—Book talks in Aberdeen (2nd), Dundee (3rd), Dunfirmline (4th), Glasgow (5th, afternoon) and Edinburgh (5th, evening) for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

February 6th – 13th—Talks in Cambridge and London, England. Details to follow.

March 26th—James joins Walrus Talks Arctic in Winnipeg.  Details http://thewalrus.ca/the-walrus-talks-arctic-at-the-winnipeg-art-gallery/

Monday, May 25th—Keynote for the Annual Conference of the Alberta Colleges & Institutes Faculties Association at Chateau Lake Louise.

(updated January 5, 2015)