September 8, 2019

The News at the Ends of the Earth: The Print Culture of Polar Exploration

By Hester Blum. Duke University Press, 2019.

From Sir John Franklin’s doomed 1845 search for the Northwest Passage to early twentieth-century sprints to the South Pole, polar expeditions produced an extravagant archive of documents that are as varied as they are engaging. As the polar ice sheets melt, fragments of this archive are newly emergent. In The News at the Ends of the Earth Hester Blum examines the rich, offbeat collection of printed ephemera created by polar explorers. Ranging from ship newspapers and messages ...

Belly-Up Rosehip: a Tongue Blue with Mud Songs

By Tyler Detloff. Swimming with Elephants Publications, 2019.

Belly-Up Rosehip: a Tongue Blue with Mud Songs, the debut book of poems by Tyler Dettloff, engages with northern wilderness spaces and themes of medicines, blues, and Anishinaabemowin language. Swimming with Elephants Publications selected Belly-up Rosehip as a contest winner in the publishers 2018 open reading session.

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, says that Belly-up Rosehip is an “evocative collection [that] invites a gathering of the lost and the found beneath a sheltering shingwak ...