As we lead up to our discussion of The Brief History of the Dead in April, we’re sharing articles and news of related interest.
One of the fascinating aspects of The Brief History of the Dead is the glimpse it provides into living as a researcher in Antarctica. There are many interesting books on the discovery and development of the South Pole, and we’ll have a list of titles to share in April, but for now I’ll just note that author Kevin Brockmeier has mentioned The Worst Journey in the World by Cherry-Garrard Apsley as one that provided a lot of insight.
I also recently discovered that The Field Museum sent a team of researchers to Antarctica in November, 2012 and they posted videos, photos and blogs of their experiences that people might find of interest.
By the way, if you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Antarctica as I have, take a look at some of the introductory materials provided by Lonely Planet travel guides.
On an entirely different note, but still in keeping with the theme of Our Community Reads, the Field Museum has an interesting exhibition until June, called Images of the Afterlife.
In April, the St. Charles Public Library and Elgin Community College are cosponsoring a variety of events for “Our Community Reads.” Members of the community are encouraged to read the book, The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier and join in the conversation.