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Cover of Labyrinth of Ice
Summer 2020

Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

Cover of Labyrinth of Ice

Buddy Levy

St. Martin’s Press: 2019

 

Lt. Adolphus W. Greely, commander of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition, assessed the situation from the edge of the ice floe upon which he and his men were stranded.

It was dire.

They were adrift on a raft of ice, and it was 11 degrees Fahrenheit—cold for the time of year but not as low as the sub-zero temperatures they regularly experienced during their two years of exploration and data collection, … » More …

Carla Peperzak and friends in pre-World War II Holland
Summer 2020

Carla Peperzak: Her life

Carla Peperzak is Washington’s 2020 Person of the Year.

For more than 50 years, she wouldn’t talk about her years as a teenage operative in the Dutch Resistance during World War II. Washington State University associate history professor Raymond Sun is now helping Carla tell that story.

Produced by the Edison Creative Group

Learn more about her life:

Keys of my life

Read the article that first connected Raymond Sun and Carla Peperzak.

Read about Carla Peperzak being honored in Olympia. 

 

Video: Carla Peperzak speaks at North Idaho College … » More …

Buddy Levy trekking steep scree slopes above a glacier in Southeastern Greenland.
Summer 2020

Q&A: Buddy Levy on the art and craft of the historical narrative

Buddy Levy likes to make the trip.

He specializes in historical narrative, paying meticulous attention to detail, writing cinematically, and traveling to the sites of the stories he’s researching—sometimes several hundred years after they’ve occurred. Travel, he says, is necessary for scene-setting and description, and can be more meaningful than archival research.

His seventh book, Labyrinth of Ice, started with a visit to Greenland in 2003. But he was there to write about something else. Levy was covering a race in which Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to summit Mount Everest, was competing, and he managed to convince Weihenmayer to let … » More …