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Stephen Bown

Author of Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering’s Great Voyage to Alaska

Stephen Bown is a critically acclaimed author of eight literary non-fiction books on the history of science, exploration and ideas. He takes a biographical and narrative approach to his writing, using the techniques of fiction writing – strong storytelling, creative language, emphasizing people, their decisions, actions and motivations – to tell factually and historically accurate stories. Bown believes that people and their behaviour never change, only the context is different. His lifelong interest in history is fuelled by the lessons to be learned from studying the successes and failures of history's greatest thinkers, leaders and innovators, those who challenged conventional thinking and entrenched power structures to change their world. He is particularly interested in how the world we live in today was formed by individuals who were responding to the big challenges of their time, and in particular, how and why those individuals became pioneers. Stephen Bowns live in Canmore in the Canadian Rockies with his wife and two kids, and enjoys hiking, skiing and mountain biking when not writing.