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Virtual Book Launch for HUDSON BAY BOUND by Natalie Warren

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join former SCRA staff member Natalie Warren on Tuesday, February 9 for the virtual launch of Natalie’s new book, Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic!

Join the Friends of the Boundary Waters, the St. Croix River Association, the Friends of the Mississippi River, and the University of Minnesota Press for a virtual launch celebrating the publication of Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, and Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic by Natalie Warren on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 PM CT. Hudson Bay Bound details the remarkable 85-day journey of the first two women to canoe the 2,000-mile route from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, giving readers an insider view from the practicalities of planning a three-month canoe expedition to the successful accomplishment of the adventure of a lifetime. The evening will include an introduction by polar explorer Ann Bancroft, music, videos, trivia, poetry, storytelling, and a Q&A moderated by environmental activist and canoe expeditioner Lee Vue.

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Natalie Warren
A lifelong paddler and river lover, Natalie was one of the first two women to paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. She has since canoed the length of the Mississippi River and won first place in the Yukon River Quest in the women’s voyageur division, paddling 450 miles in fifty-three hours. A contributing writer to outdoor publications, she has worked with Bancroft Arnesen Explore, St. Croix River Association, and River Management Society, and she started a nonprofit to present urban rivers as natural, dynamic classrooms for youth. She is currently a PhD student in the Communication Studies department at the University of Minnesota studying Environmental Communication. Natalie lives in Minneapolis with her husband, daughter, and dog.


Ann Bancroft (Introduction)
Ann Bancroft is one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and an internationally recognized educator, speaker, and philanthropist. With Liv Arnesen, she is author of No Horizon Is So Far: Two Women and Their Historic Journey across Antarctica (Minnesota, 2019).


Lee Vue (Moderator)
Lee Vue is a storyteller and communication strategist committed to social impact and using a racial equity lens to accelerate change. As a board member of Camp Menogyn, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and BMPP Giving Circle, she’s passionate about bringing the voices of underserved communities and communities of color to the climate, philanthropy and social justice movements. Even though she calls Minnesota home, she was born and raised in Fresno, California where she spent her childhood in fields and farmlands among undocumented and immigrant communities. These experiences shaped her mission-driven mentality and the work she does now in communications.

Praise for Hudson Bay Bound

“Ann and Natalie would be heralded for showing that adventure can still be had in a changing environment, and that women have not only a place in the landscape of adventure, but an important voice that needs to be heard. Their journey illuminates the physical landscapes, hardships, and human encounters; it also uncovers the heart of any good journey, the human spirit.” – Ann Bancroft


“From the foggy swirl of excitement as Natalie and Ann launch their canoe into the flooded Minnesota River to their final paddle strokes down the Hayes River, Hudson Bay Bound provides a vivid account of an awesome adventure.” – Amy and Dave Freeman


“With the candor and enthusiasm of a first grand adventure, Natalie Warren shares the joys and trials of living by water, propelled northward by muscle power and the belief that anything is possible.” – Caroline Van Hemert


“Hudson Bay Bound is part adventure-memoir, part non-traditional love story. Her adoration for the water and deep respect for the history of the land it weaves through is clear throughout the journey. A refreshing, fun, and thoughtful read.” – Gale Straub



February 9
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm




University of Minnesota Press
St. Croix River Association
Friends of the Boundary Waters
Friends of the Mississippi River