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Portland writer Peter Zuckerman and Los Angeles writer Amanda Padoan have collaborated on a version of the tragic 2008 ascent of K2 that resulted in eleven deaths that hasn't been told in detail. Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day (W.W. Norton) is drawn from accounts told by the Sherpa climbers and guides who were there. "Buried in the Sky reveals the heroic deeds of the Sherpa ... [It] brings to light how immensely strong, loyal, and talented the Sherpa climbers are. When most other climbers were faltering on the descent from K-2's summit, the Sherpa climbers not only rescued themselves but also went back to rescue others. Finally credit is given where credit is due." – Ed Viesturs.
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Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. One of our most esteemed educators, authors, and cultural scholars, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot makes this welcome Seattle return this evening. Presently the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard, and the chair of the board of the MacArthur Foundation, she is the author of ten booksThe Third Chapter, Respect, and Balm Gileadamong them. She visits this evening with a book on farewells and goodbyes of a wide variety: Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free (Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). "The methodology and science behind exits becomes fascinating material in the hands of sociologist Lawrence-Lightfoot ... the author sensitively plumbs the intricacies of departures with personal resolve. Whether they portend hope or an entrepreneurial new beginning or reiterate failure and shortcomings, she writes, they are ubiquitous. Most often, smaller exits foreshadow (and groom us for) larger ones to come ... A finely researched examination that sheds a new light on the catharsis of goodbye." – Kirkus Reviews. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seattle Public Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information, please see www.spl.org or call (206) 386-4636.