Justin Gardiner presents Beneath the Shadow: Legacy and Longing in the Antarctic, in conversation with Scott Gould

In February 2010, with the help of a friend who works as a photographer with a National Geographic-sponsored cruise line, Justin Gardiner boarded a ship bound for Antarctica. A stowaway of sorts, Gardiner used his experiences on this voyage as the narrative backdrop for Beneath the Shadow, a compelling firsthand account that breathes new life into the nineteenth-century journals of Antarctic explorers such as Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, and Captain Roald Amundsen.

Beneath the Shadow is centered on journal excerpts by eight famous explorers, which Gardiner uses as touchstones for modern-day experiences of harsh seas, chance encounters, rugged terrain, and unspeakable beauty. With equal parts levity and lyricism, Gardiner navigates the distance between the historical and the contemporary, the artistic and the scientific, the heroic and the mundane. The bold and tragic tales of Antarctic explorers have long held our collective imagination--almost as much as the mythically remote land such explorers ventured to--and this book makes those voices come to life as few ever have.

 Justin Gardiner, a native of the Northwest, now teaches at Auburn University, where he also serves as the nonfiction editor of the Southern Humanities Review. He is a recipient of the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Fellowship, as well as the Post-Graduate Larry Levis Stipend in poetry from Warren Wilson's MFA Program. His writing has appeared in the Missouri ReviewBlackbirdQuarterly West, and ZYZZYVA. He will be in conversation with Scott Gould, author of Strangers to Temptation.

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Beneath the Shadow: Legacy and Longing in the Antarctic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820354958
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Georgia Press - April 2019

Strangers to Temptation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938235306
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Published: Hub City Press - June 4th, 2017