Boundary Waters

Author Yvonne Pearson's charming book for kids is the perfect read for little folks who might be uncertain about camping for the first time.

Sadie Braves the Wilderness is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Milkweed Editions

Dave and Amy Freeman are "adventure advocates."

Four years ago, they paddled and sailed 2000 miles from Ely to Washington D.C. to to call attention to a proposed sulfide-ore copper mining operation near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

In September of 2015, they began a year in the BWCAW, sharing their experience through video, photos, and blog posts.

Author Sarah Stonich published Shelter in 2011, when she was a single mother looking for connections to home and family for herself and her son.

Now Shelter is out in paperback, and Stonich has written an epilogue, dated this year, that reveals much about journeys, priorities, dreams that come true but no longer fit ... and the often underestimated importance of indoor plumbing.

Save the Boundary Waters
Save the Boundary Waters

We are proud to partner with Save the Boundary Waters, and MPIRG at UMD for a screening of the new Year in the Wilderness documentary, Bear Witness, with Dave and Amy Freeman

WHEN: Monday, October 24 at 6:30pm
WHERE: LSBE 118 on the UMD campus

After the screening, explorers Dave and Amy Freeman will be there to answer questions about their adventure. There will also be a post program social hour with KUMD music in the background. 

Amy and Dave Freeman are not like a lot of couples.

For one thing, they just came back from a year spent living in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a year - basically just the two of them and their sled dogs.  While many couples would find that much togetherness ringing a death knell for them, Amy says their relationship "is better when we're in the woods."

In fact, its an experience the wilderness educators and travelers say everyone should try - at least, for a few nights.

University of Minnesota Press

  MN Reads talks with Sue Leaf, author of Portage: A Family, a Canoe, and the Search for the Good Life, published in 2015 by the University of Minnesota Press.  Reflecting on many years of travel by canoe with friends and family in this collection of essays organized by trip, Sue writes of a larger journey of resiliency and awareness of the natural beauty that has surrounded her.

Fulcrum Publishing

We talk with Kristin Eggerling, author of Breath of Wilderness: The Life of Sigurd Olson (2014, Fulcrum Publishing), about the great wilderness educator and advocate, and champion of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.