Colorado State, Poudre River library friends present an evening with author Hampton Sides May 26

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FORT COLLINS — Hampton Sides, an award-winning editor of Outside magazine, will talk about his latest book, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, May 26 at the Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road.

The evening, sponsored by the Friends of the CSU Libraries and the Poudre River Friends of the Library, is free and open to the public, no tickets required. It takes place 7-9 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. A book signing and sale will follow the program. 

In the Kingdom of Ice tells a harrowing historical story. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco in search of the North Pole to cheering crowds in the grip of “Arctic Fever.” Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached by pack ice and the crew were marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the endless ice — a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. 

Hampton Sides appears as part of the Evening with an Author series, supported by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, KUNC Radio, Old Firehouse Books and the Hilton Fort Collins.