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ADVENTURE INWARD: Insightful Personal Reflections on the Nature of Risk with Author and Mountain Climber Jonathan Wunrow

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, March 25th, 2014—Author, climber, and extreme adventurer Jonathan Wunrow will release his second book, Adventure Inward: A Risk Taker’s Book of Quotes, on April 1, 2014 in the wake of his 2012 success, High Points: A Climber’s Guide to Central America, with Life is Twisted Press.

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After the author climbed the “Seven Summits” of Central America as part of a larger goal of being the first to climb the highest peaks in every country of the Americas, of which High Points was the result, Wunrow set out to compile a collection of quotes from some of the greatest adventurers, writers, musicians, sportsmen and sportswomen, and more for an exclusive look into the essence of taking risks and the human desire to adventure.

Each of Adventure Inward’s fifteen chapters focus on how, for Wunrow and other adventurers and extreme sports enthusiasts,climbing and risk taking are metaphors for life itself. Over the author’s more than thirty years of adventures and expeditions around the world, he has seen and experienced a growing number of parallels between risk taking in the mountains, and the adventures of living, loving, parenting, finding one’s path in life, and being open to the possible. For the last three years, Wunrow has sifted through thousands of quotes and inspirational words that he has been collecting since his adolescence. The quotes that he selected for Adventure Inward give inspiration and a sense of timelessness to the personal reflections in each chapter. The title, Adventure Inward, encourages risk takers and adventurers of all types to think more deeply about why they choose to do what they do, and the rewards and prices that inevitably come along.

California author and publisher Bri Bruce calls Wunrow’s latest work an “excellent compilation of inspiring, humorous, and thought-provoking quotes sure to get anyone . . . thinking deeply about their world and what it means for us, as humans, to look inside ourselves. Each chapter is adorned with Wunrow’s clear voice and unfailing insight into the human psyche in the presence of ‘risk’. . . . From start to finish, Wunrow has done a wonderful job writing and compiling this book.”

The climber, who boasts an impressive list of the summits he has reached, including Denali, Kilimanjaro, and Canada’s Mt. Logan that stands just over nineteen thousand feet in elevation, has used his personal experiences as an avid mountain climber to explore the nature of why extreme sports enthusiasts do what they do. He also looks at the different interpretations of risk, and how our risks can effect those closest to us. In an unparalleled effort to explain the why of our risk taking, Wunrow’s insights, humor, and heartfelt curiosity, not to mention the grace with which he offers them to readers, comprises a collection of quotes that is both inspiring and eye opening.

The book is available in both print format and eformat from Amazon and all other major eBook retailers.

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JONATHAN WUNROW is available to interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, appearances, interviews, and/or book signings, please contact jonwunrow@gmail.com

NEW RELEASE: ‘Adventure Inward: A Risk Taker’s Book of Quotes’ by Climber, Adventurer, and Author Jonathan Wunrow

A wonderful book. Adventure Inward does a great job of explaining many existential issues concerning life, death, and one’s purpose. - Avery Griffin, Author of The Demon Rolmar

An excellent compilation of inspiring, humorous, and thought-provoking quotes sure to get anyone, no matter their hobbies, pastimes, or interests, thinking deeply about their world and what it means for us, as humans, to look inside ourselves. Each chapter is adorned with Wunrow’s clear voice and unfailing insight into the human psyche in the presence of “risk” and the many ways this can be interpreted.  - Bri Bruce, Publisher and Author of The Weight of Snow

Inspiring reading! Wunrow has written a wonderful gem for all those who appreciate, or want to better understand, the human urge to adventure.  - Logan, Amazon Customer Review

 

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Adventure Inward: A Risk Taker’s Book of Quotes
Jonathan Wunrow
Life is Twisted Press
Paperback published April 1, 2014
$3.99 (eBook), $10.95 (Trade Paperback)

Written for adventurers and non-adventurers alike, Adventure Inward’s collection of quotes and insights will inspire thrill seekers and risk takers of all sorts, encouraging personal exploration and offering insights into the ultimate adventure: inward. Through his own experiences as an avid mountain climber, the author uses quotes to explore the nature of why extreme sports enthusiasts do what they do, and how their risk taking impacts them and those around them. The fifteen topics explored in Adventure Inward offer perspectives on life, death, purpose, and meaning, not just for risk takers and extreme sports enthusiasts, but for people of all walks of life.

Author Jon Wunrow is a parent, husband, adventurer, grant writer, cabin builder, Tribal consultant, adolescent therapist, and Green Bay Packer fanatic who occasionally finds time to plan and enjoy extreme adventures all over the world. In addition to pursuing his current goal of climbing the highest peak in every country in North, Central, and South America with his Australian climbing partner, he has also hiked the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, completed a two-month canoe trip in Northern Canada, climbed Kilimanjaro with his son Seth, and has had adventures in dozens of countries around the world. Some of his country high points include Denali (Alaska), Sajama (Bolivia), Aconcagua (Argentina), Orizaba (Mexico), and Julianna Top (Suriname). After living and raising his son in Sitka, Alaska for sixteen years, the author now resides in Bloomington, Indiana with his amazing and supportive wife, Leslie. Jon Wunrow is also the author of High Points: A Climber’s Guide to Central America (2012).

Check out the author’s website at www.jonathanwunrow.com

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‘The Weight of Snow’ Receiving Rave Reviews!

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PRAISE FOR THE WEIGHT OF SNOW

The Weight of Snow belongs on your bookshelf or coffee table. Keep it close by. The beautiful cover and title itself evoke soul—and then what a treat to open the pages! The poetry is a subtle example of the paradox of soul; for example, it captures both innocence and disillusionment. It is haunting and provocative while simple and natural. The author’s amazing gift of poetic writing and presentation cannot be missed—it’s on every page. Very touching. The poems have that rare quality of taking on new meaning with every read. It is so much more than a book of poems—but you must experience it yourself. This is a book to have and to hold–and then make sure to send one to a friend.  - Dr. Linda R. Harper, Author of Eat: A Guide to Discovering Your Natural Relationship with Food and The Joy in Giving to Animals

The best poems are evocative, powerful and transporting. They take you to places, memories, situations or allow you to live vicariously through the experiences of another. The Weight of Snow is such a book from beginning to end. It is not a collection of disjointed poems, thrown together. It is a poignant and beautiful story of a life, experiences, memories and pain. Ms. Bruce is truly a gifted poet and one need only read the first poem, to understand her talent and what this book holds. I highly recommend The Weight of Snow for how it touches, reveals, informs and for its beautiful simplicity.  - K. E. Heartsong, Publisher at Taylen Lane Publishing and Author of Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters: How the Truths of Our Times May Be Stranger Than Fiction

The Weight of Snow is alive with style and filled with beautiful, nostalgic imagery. Bruce’s free verse poetry is rich with detail, and her evocative language will stay with you long after reading this collection. Deeply introspective and profoundly insightful, each new poem displays great thematic range and literary sensibility. I have no doubt that Bruce will be a strong and important voice for modern poetry. I look forward to her future publications!  - J. Rodriguez, Film Producer and Artist

By her descriptive portrayal of the natural world, Bruce would make Mother Nature herself blush with pride. One can expect to find deep meaning and a sense of soulfulness in her poetic language. The poems reflect a passion and desire to know and grasp life with reverence. They stand as testimony to the necessary guardianship that we all must be responsible for in preserving our world and knowing our place in it.  - D. J. White, Wildlife Biologist

[Bruce] has an amazing ability to bring tremendous depth to the most simple of life’s treasures and experiences. With thoughtful insights of a perceptive, educated writer, Bri Bruce eliminates the line between the importance of humankind and nature, and combines them in an exquisite presentation of literary brilliance, leaving the reader looking for answers to questions they never even knew they had.  - Heidi Lewin, Life Coach and Counselor

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POETRY: B.L. Bruce’s ‘The Weight of Snow: New & Selected Poems’

The poems in The Weight of Snow are heartfelt, skillfully written, and keenly observed fragments of the natural world and our lives there. Bravo.

- Gary Young, Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, Author, Literature Professor

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The Weight of Snow: New & Selected Poems
B. L. Bruce
Black Swift Press, 2014
ISBN (eBook): 978-0-9914503-0-5
ISBN (Trade Paperback): 978-0-9914503-1-2
Paperback: $8.99
eBook: $2.99

In The Weight of Snow, author B. L. Bruce explores the many plights of the human species, from the mysteries of the heart and the inescapability of death, to the depths of human emotion. Told from the perspective of a poetic naturalist, Bruce shares her appreciation of the wild, illuminating the profound in the mundane while chronicling the natural world as both an observer and as an irrefutable part of it. Her poems focus strongly on image and locality, conjuring the imaginations of readers and celebrating the beauty in the follies of the human condition and its capacity to grip the soul.

B. L. Bruce holds a Bachelor’s degree in literature and creative writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Currently a writer, photographer, and editor, her work has appeared in over fifteen anthologies, magazines, and literary publications, including The Sun Magazine, Northwind Magazine, and The Soundings Review. Most recently she was named Featured Poet of The Wayfarer’s holiday issue, her work reflecting a life amongst her native California backdrop of redwoods and Pacific shoreline. She was nominated for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize in 2009 as a student of Santa Cruz’s first poet laureate, Gary Young. The Weight of Snow is her first book.

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PRAISE FOR The Weight of Snow

The Weight of Snow belongs on your bookshelf or coffee table. Keep it close by. The beautiful cover and title itself evoke soul—and then what a treat to open the pages! The poetry is a subtle example of the paradox of soul; for example, it captures both innocence and disillusionment. It is haunting and provocative while simple and natural. The author’s amazing gift of poetic writing and presentation cannot be missed—it’s on every page. Very touching. The poems have that rare quality of taking on new meaning with every read. It is so much more than a book of poems—but you must experience it yourself. This is a book to have and to hold–and then make sure to send one to a friend. - Dr. Linda R. Harper, Author of Eat: A Guide to Discovering Your Natural Relationship with Food and The Joy in Giving to Animals

The best poems are evocative, powerful and transporting. They take you to places, memories, situations or allow you to live vicariously through the experiences of another. The Weight of Snow is such a book from beginning to end. It is not a collection of disjointed poems, thrown together. It is a poignant and beautiful story of a life, experiences, memories and pain. Ms. Bruce is truly a gifted poet and one need only read the first poem, to understand her talent and what this book holds. I highly recommend The Weight of Snow for how it touches, reveals, informs and for its beautiful simplicity. - K. E. Heartsong, Publisher at Taylen Lane Publishing and Author of Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters: How the Truths of Our Times May Be Stranger Than Fiction

The Weight of Snow is alive with style and filled with beautiful, nostalgic imagery. Bruce’s free verse poetry is rich with detail, and her evocative language will stay with you long after reading this collection. Deeply introspective and profoundly insightful, each new poem displays great thematic range and literary sensibility. I have no doubt that Bruce will be a strong and important voice for modern poetry. I look forward to her future publications!  - J. Rodriguez, Film Producer and Artist

By her descriptive portrayal of the natural world, Bruce would make Mother Nature herself blush with pride. One can expect to find deep meaning and a sense of soulfulness in her poetic language. The poems reflect a passion and desire to know and grasp life with reverence. They stand as testimony to the necessary guardianship that we all must be responsible for in preserving our world and knowing our place in it. - D. J. White, Wildlife Biologist

[Bruce] has an amazing ability to bring tremendous depth to the most simple of life’s treasures and experiences. With thoughtful insights of a perceptive, educated writer, Bri Bruce eliminates the line between the importance of humankind and nature, and combines them in an exquisite presentation of literary brilliance, leaving the reader looking for answers to questions they never even knew they had. - Heidi Lewin, Life Coach and Counselor

CAPTURING CALIFORNIA’S COAST: SANTA CRUZ POET LAUNCHES DEBUT POETRY COLLECTION

“Alive with style and filled with beautiful, nostalgic imagery. Bruce’s free verse poetry is rich with detail, and her evocative language will stay with you long after reading this collection. Deeply introspective and profoundly insightful, each poem displays great thematic range and literary sensibility.” - J. Rodriguez, Film Producer and Artist

 “Haunting and provocative while simple and natural. The author’s amazing gift of poetic writing and presentation cannot be missed.”  – Linda Harper, Author

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA, January 27th — Local author Bri Bruce of Santa Cruz will release her debut collection of poems The Weight of Snow: New & Selected Poems on February 1, 2014 as the first work of Black Swift Press’s California Writers assemblage. She is planning a book launch party this spring that will include other local authors, artists, and creative minds.

Bruce, a freelance editor, graphic designer, photographer, and graduate of UC Santa Cruz’s literature department, has been working toward publishing her first collection of poetry for five years. Her work has appeared in dozens of magazines and literary publications, including Santa Cruz’s phren-Z and The Monterey Poetry Review. Last winter she was bestowed with the opportunity to read her work at the Museum of Art History in downtown Santa Cruz and was chosen for both the Wellspring House and the Centrum Foundation writer’s residencies. In addition, she is the owner of Bri Bruce Productions, a writing, editing, and graphic design company based out of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

San Francisco author and publisher Kermit Heartsong calls Bruce’s work, “Evocative, powerful, and transporting,” and the collection as a whole is “a poignant and beautiful story of a life, experiences, memories, and pain. Ms. Bruce is truly a gifted poet.”

Written in the vein of Mary Oliver, May Sarton, and the late Santa Cruz poet Maude Meehan, Bruce’s poems are inspired by California’s breathtaking Pacific coast and inland coastal regions. In her collection, she explores the many plights of the human species, from the mysteries of the heart and the inescapability of death, to the depths of human emotion. Told from the perspective of a poetic naturalist, Bruce shares her appreciation of the wild, illuminating the profound in the mundane while chronicling the natural world as both an observer and an irrefutable part of it. Her poems focus strongly on image and locality, conjuring the imaginations of readers and celebrating the beauty in the follies of the human condition.

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