Washington and Lee host 15th annual Tom Wolfe Weekend

Tom Wolfe WeekendWashington and Lee University will host its 15th annual Tom Wolfe Weekend April 20-21. This year’s event will also be unique as namesake Tom Wolfe will be on campus to attend the weekend.

The program honors a distinguished writer and observer of the American scene. The weekend’s seminar will feature Hampton Sides, author of the best-selling, critically acclaimed “In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette.”

Sides will present the keynote address for the Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar on April 20 at 4 p.m. in Lee Chapel. The talk is free and open to the public.

“In the Kingdom of Ice,” is a narrative history of the USS Jeannette’s ill-fated attempt to reach the North Pole.

Among its many recognitions, “In the Kingdom of Ice” was selected as a Best Book of the Year (2014) by USA Today, Time, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Christian Science Monitor and The Richmond Times Dispatch.

Other works by Sides include “Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission” (2001), “Americana: Dispatches from the New Frontier” (2004), “Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West” (2006), and “Hellhound on His Trail: The Electrifying Account of the Largest Manhunt in American History” (2010).

The weekend is sponsored by the W&L Class of 1951.

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