Blair Braverman

Blair Braverman is an author, dogsledder, adventurer and innovative storyteller. By the time she was eighteen, she had left her home in California, moved to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, and worked as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to carve out a life as a “tough girl”—a young woman who confronts danger without apology—she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her.

WELCOME TO THE GODDAMN ICE CUBE: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North is Blair’s rich and revelatory memoir about reclaiming her courage in the stark landscapes of the north. She is a regular correspondent for Outside magazine and her writing has appeared in VOGUE, Smithsonian, The Guardian, This American Life, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship, MacDowell Fellowship, Blue Mountain Center Fellowship, and was named an Outdoors 30 Under 30. She received her BA in Environmental Law from Colby College and her MFA in Nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa.

Speaking topics drawn from Blair’s extraordinary journey include how lessons from extreme adventure can help us build courage in everyday life; self-discovery; overcoming fear; and nature and extreme landscapes. A critically acclaimed essayist, memoirist and journalist, Blair also speaks about the art of narrative nonfiction.

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“As a storyteller and a stylist, Braverman is remarkably skilled, with a keen sense of visceral detail that borders on sublime. Her ability to draw readers into heart-pounding action sequences is what makes the book so courageous and original as a travel narrative and a memoir of self-discovery.” – New York Times Book Review

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube “put a feminist spin on the hyper-masculine canon of adventure writing.” – GQ Magazine

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Blair Braverman's submission to the 2019 Iditarod Story Project won first place.

Sunday TODAY meets "the talk of the race" Blair Braverman and her dogs at the Iditarod ceremonial start.

What's it like to run a 100 mile dogsled race? Blair Braverman gives us a glimpse.


Blair Braverman weighs in on Occupying Traditionally Male Spaces in GQ’s New Masculinity issue, an exploration of the ways that traditional notions of masculinity are being challenged, overturned, and evolved.

Congratulations to Blair and the “Ugly Dogs!” Blair and her team of “superstar sled dogs” (Ari Shapiro, All Things Considered) completed their rookie Iditarod, the 1000-mile dogsled race across Alaska.

Blair features the women of the 2019 Iditarod in her feature for VOGUE magazine.