Vermont Reads 2016: Shackleton

Welcome to Vermont Reads 2016 — A Statewide Community Reading Program

The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander and Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong

Exactly one hundred years ago, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, was imprisoned and crushed by sea ice near Antarctica.  It nearly cost his crew their lives, but all twenty-eight of them would survive.  Theirs is one of the greatest adventure and survival stories of the twentieth century.

. . . when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.

Apsley Cherry-Garrard

polar explorer, 1922

The Vermont Humanities Council is pleased to announce that the Vermont Reads books for 2016 will be Jennifer Armstrong’s Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World and Caroline Alexander’s The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition. 2016 will be the hundredth anniversary year of the climactic and dramatic conclusion of the Endurance expedition (1914–1916).

Vermont Reads Shackleton will afford Vermont students and adults alike the opportunity to consider, among other things, the power of vision, courage, and perseverance, the nature of leadership, and the spirit of adventure and exploration. Vermonters will learn about the expedition itself, consider its historical context (including World War I, and Arctic and Antarctic exploration generally), and come to understand better what is happening today to ice in the Arctic, Antarctica, and glaciers worldwide. And Vermonters will marvel at Frank Hurley’s spectacular photographs that survived and that form a stunning visual record of the expedition.

Join the Vermont Humanities Council, Sir Ernest Shackleton, and his crew in an adventure in reading, discussing, and learning about the dramatic story of the Endurance expedition.

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These Shackleton Endurance events include a First Wednesdays talk, book discussions, and more.

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Twitter logo imageFollow Ernest Shackleton…on Twitter!

Three Twitter accounts are posting updates from Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition as if the events were happening today, in real time. Read the latest tweets.

Vermont Reads Supporters

NRG Systems LogoThe Vermont Humanities Council is grateful to the major partners that support Vermont Reads.

Since 2007, Vermont Reads has been generously underwritten by Renewable NRG Systems of Hinesburg, Vermont (formerly NRG Systems).

VHC is also grateful for the generous support of the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, and the Alma Gibbs Donchain Foundation.

Vermont Public Radio is VHC’s media partner; each year VPR presents several days of Vermont Reads programming.VPR logo