Peter Lourie

Peter Lourie is the author of many books on adventure, exploration, and the Arctic including The Polar Bear Scientists, Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist, Locked in Ice: Nansen’s Daring Quest for the North Pole, and Arctic Thaw: The People of the Whale in a Changing Climate. In 2019 Peter was elected a Fellow at the Explorers Club, and he is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Peter holds a BA in classics from New York University, an MA in English Literature from the University of Maine, and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University. He has taught writing, including Adventure Writing & Digital Storytelling, at Columbia College, the University of Vermont and Middlebury College. With Paul Shepson, he is co-creator of the website arcticstories.net.  Peter is now planning to re-travel the length of the Hudson River, this time from the sea to the source, more than thirty years after he paddled the river from the source in the Adirondack Mountains to Manhattan (River of Mountains: A Canoe Journey Down the Hudson). He and his family live in Weybridge, Vermont.

Interviews

2022

In this engaging conversation between atmospheric chemist Dr. Paul Shepson and writer Pete Lourie, the two friends reflect on their long-standing friendship and their shared love for adventure and exploration. Paul admires Peter’s life, which he sees as a romantic journey filled with thrilling experiences, writing about them, and inspiring others, especially school children. Peter discusses the places he has traveled for his 26 books, but also expresses his longing for the destinations he hasn’t yet visited. Peter reveals his fascination with East Africa, a place he felt compelled to explore from an early age and to write about, especially the topic of human evolution. He also mentions his unfinished projects, such as books on the Potomac and Ganges Rivers, and a sequel to his novel about Captain Kidd’s treasure. Pete’s desire to visit Pitcairn Island, the setting of the Mutiny on the Bounty, resonates with Paul’s own longing for faroff historic and fictional places like Treasure Island. Both express their profound connection to the past and the thrill of walking in the footsteps of explorers and adventurers. They discuss the Arctic as a unique place that preserves the remnants of past expeditions and serves as a living museum.

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Pete Lourie, a explorer and writer, has led a life filled with adventurous pursuits and a passion for sharing his experiences with young minds. His fascination with diverse places has taken him to numerous exciting destinations, where he writes about explorers, geography, and unique cultures. Despite having explored many locations, Pete still dreams of visiting Vietnam and the Ganges River. He cherishes the opportunity to learn from the people, animals, and landscapes of these places, emphasizing his love for understanding and exploring the world’s beauty and mysteries, including his memorable interactions with Arctic scientists.

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In this heartfelt conversation, Pete Lourie reflects on his exciting life as an explorer and writer, expressing his fascination with diverse places and their unique stories.Realizing his good fortune to visit so many places and to write about his experiences, Pete continues to dream of more exploration in the future, even as he acknowledges the limitations of time and physical ability. He reveals a desire to revisit historic and romantic places such as Pitcairn Island, where stories of adventurers and mutineers continue to captivate his imagination. The Arctic, with its well-preserved remnants of past explorations, holds a special place in Pete’s heart, and he cherishes the feeling of being in those historically significant spots. His love for exploring and discovering the remnants of brave explorers and the tales they left behind continues to fuel his passion for travel and writing.

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