On Monday, January 18 at 7 p.m. the Hudson Library & Historical Society will host a live virtual streaming event with Andrea Pitzer, author of Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World. Icebound is the story of one of the 16th century’s greatest navigators, his larger-than-life ambitions and his obsessive quest to chart a path through the deepest, most remote regions of the Arctic. Booklist, in a starred review, calls Icebound “more than just another book about a disastrous sea voyage . . . a richly evocative story about a particular period in the history of exploration.”
In telling the tale of Dutch explorer William Barents, Pitzer masterfully combines a gripping tale of survival with a sweeping history of a great age of exploration. Barents and his crew ventured farther north than any Europeans before and, on their third polar exploration, lost their ship off the frozen coast of Nova Zembla to unforgiving ice. The men would spend the next year fighting off ravenous polar bears, gnawing hunger and endless winter.
Andrea Pitzer is a journalist whose writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, Outside, The Daily Beast, Vox and Slate, among other publications. She has authored two previously critically acclaimed books, One Long Night and The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov. She received an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and later studied at MIT and Harvard as an affiliate of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.
Copies of Icebound will be available for purchase courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Registration for this program is required and a valid email address is required at time of registration. Participants will receive an email invitation to attend the program, hosted on Zoom, a day before the program begins. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.