I first met Maggie Shipstead in 2011 when she was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She had not yet published her first novel, Seating Arrangements, which would later become a New York Times bestseller, but even then the magnitude of her ambition, shrewdness, and intellectual generosity was evident....more
Posts Tagged: Antarctica
In the latest installment of the New York Times‘s Sunday Book Review, Caroline Alexander writes an elegant review of Rebecca Hunt’s Everland, a novel about two expeditions in the Antarctic that take place more than a century apart:
Her careful control of the narratives and dramatic pacing keeps the tension in each story steadily escalating.
Jynne Dilling Martin’s new collection of poems, We Mammals in Hospitable Times, was written in large part through a grant from the National Science Foundation, which sent the poet to the far reaches of Antarctica to shadow scientists and soak up history....more
In a recent post about newly discovered undeveloped photos of a Shackleton expedition to Antarctica 100 years ago, we mentioned that Riverhead Books publicity director Jynne Dilling Martin is currently an artist-in-residence in Antarctica, and that she had written a splendid essay about penguins for Slate....more
Well, this is cool (pun not intended but definitely enjoyed): twenty-two 100-year-old photos were recently found in a block of ice in Antarctica.
More accurately, they’re “exposed but unprocessed negatives,” believed to be taken by Arnold Patrick Spencer-Smith as part of an expedition by none other than Ernest Shackleton, during which he and his men were stranded by a blizzard and three of them died....more