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Signing/Reading • An Evening with Justin Gardiner & Rose McLarney

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Signing/Reading • An Evening with Justin Gardiner & Rose McLarney

  • Ernest & Hadley Books 1928 7th St Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 (map)

Join us for an evening with Justin Gardiner and Rose McLarney, as they share their newest works with the Tuscaloosa community: Beneath the Shadow and Forage. Book signing starts at 4:30pm, selected readings at 5:00 followed by Q&A. Light refreshments served, free and open to the public.


A rich history of Antarctic exploration from the vantage point of a modern-day adventurer, “Gardiner writes with a gonzo attitude reminiscent of Hunter S. Thompson, with the comic pace and timing of the classic adventure-travel books of Paul Theroux.” -William McKeen / author of Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West

In February 2010, with the help of a friend who works as a photographer with a National Geographic–sponsored cruise line, Justin Gardiner boarded a ship bound for Antarctica. A stowaway of sorts, Gardiner used his experiences on this voyage as the narrative backdrop for Beneath the Shadow, a compelling firsthand account that breathes new life into the nineteenth-century journals of Antarctic explorers such as Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, and Captain Roald Amundsen.

Beneath the Shadow is centered on journal excerpts by eight famous explorers, which Gardiner uses as touchstones for modern-day experiences of harsh seas, chance encounters, rugged terrain, and unspeakable beauty. With equal parts levity and lyricism, Gardiner navigates the distance between the historical and the contemporary, the artistic and the scientific, the heroic and the mundane. The bold and tragic tales of Antarctic explorers have long held our collective imagination—almost as much as the mythically remote land such explorers ventured to—and this book makes those voices come to life as few ever have.

JUSTIN GARDINER, a native of the Northwest, now teaches at Auburn University, where he also serves as the nonfiction editor of the Southern Humanities Review. He is a recipient of the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Fellowship, as well as the Post-Graduate Larry Levis Stipend in poetry from Warren Wilson's MFA Program. His writing has appeared in the Missouri Review, Blackbird, Quarterly West, and ZYZZYVA.


A poet acclaimed for “uncompromising, honest poems that sound like no one else” (The Rumpus) now offers considerations of the natural world and humans’ place within it in ecopoetry of both ambitious reach and elegant refinement.

Rose McLarney has won attention as a poet of impressive insight, craft, and a “constantly questioning and enlarging vision” (Andrew Hudgins). In her third collection, Forage, she continues to weave together themes she loves: home, heritage, the South, animals, water, the environment. These intricately sequenced poems take up everything from animals’ symbolic roles in art and as indicators of ecological change to how water can represent a large, troubled system or the exceptions of smaller, purer tributaries. At the confluence of these poems is a social commentary that goes beyond lamenting environmental degradation and disaster to record—and augment—the beauty of the world in which we live.

ROSE MCLARNEY is the author of two poetry collections: Its Day Being Gone, winner of the 2014 National Poetry Series, and The Always Broken Plates of Mountains. A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, which she coedited, is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press. The recipient of the Chaffin Award for Achievement in Appalachian Writing and the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writing Award for Poetry, her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, The Missouri Review, Oxford American, and many other journals. Rose is associate professor of creative writing at Auburn University and coeditor in chief of the Southern Humanities Review.