Farley Mowat is Canada's most wildly read author with his books focusing mainly on the northern regions of Canada. Mowat was born in Belleville, Ontario on May 12, 1921. He is the son of a librarian that was constantly moving his family around.
It was his Ornithologist uncle that took him on a trip to the Arctic at the age of 14 that changed his life. He fell in love with the north and the way of life that surrounds it. This is why most of his books are set in this harsh world.
Mowat served in the Canadian army during the second world war and was released at the rank of Captain. Since Graduating from College of Toronto in 1949 Mowat has supported himself strictly through writing books. His books have been translated in 22 languages all across the globe.
Mowat has traveled the world since the war and claims that he will continue to until he dies.
However he refuses to travel in the United States due to his political views and this began during the Reagan administration.