Glenn Hopfner, author
Glenn Hopfner was born the middle sibling in a family of nine children in Ste. Rose-du-Lac, Manitoba. He was raised a farmer’s son working with machinery from a young age. He was the class clown, loved sports, creative writing and music. He studied music and art at Brandon University in Manitoba.
His love of people and learning was nurtured by reading, travel and the many different jobs he took on over the years. His favourite job by far was as guide/entertainer/mechanic on the Tundra Buggies in Churchill, Manitoba. There, he was inspired by history, geography, nature, and the people he met, and became passionate about sharing his love and respect for the earth and its creatures.
Storytelling was always in his nature. He would volunteer to “put the boys to sleep” at night, bemusedly exiting the bedroom after an hour of long, noisy, participatory tales, wondering why the boys ‘wouldn’t settle down’…
Glenn’s wish is that his stories inspire people to spend time with their loved ones, enjoy nature, live life to its fullest and take care of each other and this great planet.
Books by the author:
For adults – Tales From the Tundra (2005; reprinted with updates 2019) ; What Happened (2006)
For younger readers and the laps they sit on – The Adventures of Marco Polo Bear (2011); The Ugliest Doll in The World (2008).
Laura Lee Harasym, Artist
Illustrations for The Adventures of Marco Polo Bear
Laura Lee Harasym is an award winning, mixed media artist whose roots formed in Rural Manitoba. Now based in Winnipeg, she grew from a street artist to showing her work in Winnipeg and Vancouver galleries, and gracing the Winnipeg Folk Festival stages and grounds. Her works are in private collections in Mexico, Germany, Russia, Australia, Canada, United States, India, and Sweden. Throughout extensive travel she has been exposed to diverse art techniques, styles and materials. She is inspired by nature and family.
“I want to place a piece of love and light into people’s homes that spark their emotions, make them smile, inspire them in a positive light.”
Find her at lauraleesart.com Art to Make You Smile
Robert R. Taylor, MPA, RCA
The photographs in Tales From the Tundra are the work of naturalist-wildlife photographer Robert Taylor (with the exception of the two photos of a polar bear eating the remains of the beluga whale – photog. Jerry W. Anderson).
For decades Bob shared his extensive experience, conducting photographic workshops in the Churchill area, focussing on birds, wildflowers, polar bears and landscape.
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, he also earned his Master of Photographic Arts from the Professional Photographers of Canada. Bob’s photographs have been widely published in National and international magazines and books. His self-published large-format hardcover books on Manitoba, The Manitoba Landscape: A Visual Symphony and Manitoba: Seasons of Beauty, and the two different editions of his Churchill book, The Edge of the Arctic, and The Edge of the Arctic: Churchill and the Hudson Bay Region, have been very successful ventures.
Shortly before his death, Robert was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt.
“Bob and I became good friends over the years in Churchill and I have tremendous respect for his work and his professionalism. I thank him for his exquisite photographs and for all the help he has so generously given me in seeing this book to completion.” – Glenn Hopfner –