Fox Cities Book Festival 2018: October 8th - October 14th

James M. Campbell


James Campbell is a native of Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He has written stories for Outside, National Geographic, and many other magazines and newspapers. His first book, The Final Frontiersman was chosen by Amazon in 2004 as the #1 Outdoor title of the Year and one of the Top 50 books of the Year and by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association as one of the Top 2 nonfiction titles of the year. His fascination with New Guinea and the war in the South Pacific led him to the story of the Ghost Mountain Boys, and his book of the same name. In 2006, he followed their route across New Guinea and shot a documentary film in the process. His story, “Chasing Ghosts,” (Outside magazine) about that expedition, was chosen for The Best American Travel Writing 2008. The Ghost Mountain Boys won the 2008 RR Donnelley Literary Award, given for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author. Campbell’s newest book, Braving It: A Father, A Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild (Penguin-Random House) was chosen by Amazon as one of May 2016’s top nonfiction books and was a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book Competition.

Campbell is also the co-Executive Producer of the hit Discovery Channel series, The Last Alaskans, which was inspired by The Final Frontiersman.