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Buddy Levy: Labyrinth of Ice

March 27 @ 7:00 pm

Writer and professor Buddy Levy will be at Auntie’s discussing his book, Labyrinth of Ice, which tells the fascinating story of the Greely Polar Expedition. Labyrinth of Ice was an Indie Bound Top Ten Book in December 2019.

Praise for Labyrinth of Ice:

“An armchair explorer’s dream―all the drama, all the fear, all the steadfastness that fans could want. Unexpectedly, Levy manages also to carve out important space in the narrative for Greely’s wife, Henrietta, who was key to the rescue. An invaluable addition to polar history.” ―Booklist
“Levy’s masterful use of primary sources from Greely and others create a highly detailed narrative that brings the men and their expedition to life. This gripping book is a testament to the bravery and sheer doggedness of men determined to survive despite harsh conditions.” ―Library Journal
“Evocative, deeply researched…the result is an intense historical adventure with modern-day relevance for the climate change debate.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A graphic tale of horrific deprivation that is sure to be the benchmark account.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“In Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition, author Buddy Levy offers an engaging, superbly written, and meticulously researched chronicle of the Greely expedition that proves it is one of the most engaging adventure narratives ever. With cinematic prose, great economy of language, and vivid descriptions, Levy places readers in the middle of the action and makes them see the snow, feel the hunger and the tension, and hear the cracking of the ice, which the men called “the Devil’s symphony.” More than a nonfiction book about an expedition, Labyrinth of Ice reads like an outstanding script for an action movie. Labyrinth of Ice is a riveting, engaging read packed with superhuman feats, incredible journeys, amazing discoveries, tension, heartbreak, and constant danger. It is also a true tale — and that makes it a book that demands to be read.” Gabino Iglesias, NPR

About Buddy Levy:

Buddy Levy is the author of seven books and his work has been featured or reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Kirkus Book Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. He has also appeared frequently on national radio—including The Dennis Prager Show, NPR, and Rudy Maxa’s World. He was the co-star, for 25 episodes from 2010-2012, on HISTORY Channel’s hit docuseries Brad Meltzer’s DECODED. ​As a freelance journalist he has covered adventure sports and lifestyle/travel subjects around the world. His magazine articles and essays have appeared in Alaska Beyond Airlines Magazine, Backpacker, Big Sky Journal, Couloir, Discover, Hemispheres, Horizon Air Magazine, High Desert Journal, Narrative, Poets & Writers, River Teeth, Ski, Sun Valley Magazine, Trail Runner, Utne Reader, TV Guide, and VIA. He is clinical professor of English at Washington State University, and lives in northern Idaho.


March 27
7:00 pm


Auntie's Bookstore
402 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States
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(509) 838-0206

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