New on the Shelf: Cold Edge of Heaven By Whit Fraser

New on the Shelf: Cold Edge of Heaven By Whit Fraser

Boulder Books is proud to announce the release of Cold Edge of Heaven, a novel by award-winning author Whit Fraser.

Whit was inspired to write Cold Edge of Heaven after visiting the abandoned RCMP station on Devon Island, NT, and the three nearby graves surrounded by a white picket fence.

Set in 1924, Cold Edge of Heaven is a story of murder, mystery, and love—intensified by a clash of cultures between RCMP officers and the Inuit guides who live and work alongside them. It is a uniquely Canadian story about a time when Canada was claiming and asserting its sovereignty in the Arctic while still discovering itself as a nation.


Praise for Cold Edge of Heaven


“Whit Fraser’s Cold Edge of Heaven is a hypnotic and fascinating tale of the Far North. Few Canadians know this magical world as well as Fraser, who was for decades the pre-eminent reporter on northern affairs. He writes beautifully and knows his landscape intimately. He also weaves a tale of mystery that is dramatic and compelling. A magnificent page-turner!”

–Roy MacGregor, OC , is an author, columnist and feature writer for the Globe and Mail


Cold Edge of Heaven evokes the spirits of Service, and Mowat and all the great scribes of the north. Your story is engaging and powerful. It is well woven and leaves the reader waiting for the next twist. I also love the way Fraser has woven some of the North’s vibrant history into the narrative along with some well-chosen political commentary.”

–Reg Sherren, former host of CBC’s Country Canada and author of That Wasn’t the Plan


About the Author

Whit Fraser C.C. is a journalist, author and storyteller, and vice-regal consort of Canadian Governor General Mary Simon. His first book, a memoir of his life and work in Arctic communities titled True North Rising, won the 2019 NorthWords Book Prize. Fraser also served as founding chair of the Canadian Polar Commission, and as executive director of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Canada’s national Inuit organization.


Readings and Book Signings

Whit will be attending events throughout the country this fall, including:

September 3 | New Glasgow, NS

12:00 to 1:30 PM: a signing at Coles Highland Mall Square

September 8 | New Glasgow, NS

6:30 to 7:30 PM: a reading at the New Glasgow Public Library

September 19 & 20 | St. John’s, NL

An event (TBA), and media appearances with CBC NL, Point 2 Point on Rogers Community TV, and Tabanask Bookcast

September 24 | Ottawa, ON

12:00 to 2:00 PM: a signing at Books on Beechwood

October 1 | Ottawa, ON

3:00 to 5:00 PM: a book launch hosted by the Ottawa Writers Festival at Christ Church Cathedral, Sparks Street

October 7 | Calgary, AB

1:00 to 3:00 PM: a signing at Owl’s Nest Books

October 8 | Edmonton, AB

2:00 to 4:00 PM: a reading and book signing at Audrey’s Books

October 15 | Reykjavik, Iceland


Keep up to date on these and other events with Whit by following Whit Fraser and Boulder Books on Facebook, and check in regularly at