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Yi Shun Lai, A Suffragist's Guide to the Antarctic

Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Yi Shun LaiJoin us for a talk with Yi Shun Lai, author of the young adult historical novel A Suffragist's Guide to the Antarctic.

Lai takes Sir Ernest Shackleton's famous 1914 expedition to Antarctica and adds a twist: How would adding a woman to the crew have affected the story? In her version, 18-year-old white American girl Clara Ketterling-Dunbar claims to be 21 and Canadian, since the Brits aren't happy that America hasn't yet joined the Great War. As Clara begins her story, their ship, the Resolute, has sunk after being crushed by pack ice. The 28 stranded crew members need to work together harmoniously in order to have any chance of survival. With her heart still tied to the women's suffrage movement she fought for, Clara bristles at being asked to make biscuits and mend clothing. But while she abandoned her mother as well as her American and British pro-suffrage colleagues for falling short of her ideals, she can't abandon her crewmates.

"Clara is a defiant and resilient heroine who immediately endears herself to both the reader and her motley crew. As tension mounts and survival becomes uncertain, Lai neatly underscores the courage it took--and still takes--to be a woman in a male-dominated world." -- Publishers Weekly

Yi Shun Lai lives in Southern California, and she can talk to you forever about plants and animals and deserts both hot and cold. She volunteers for ShelterBox, an international disaster-relief organization, and was once invited to be a crew member aboard an Antarctic cruise line. She's the author of novels Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu and A Suffragist's Guide to the Antarctic and memoir Pin Ups.

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3014 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
A Suffragist's Guide to the Antarctic By Yi Shun Lai Cover Image
ISBN: 9781665937764
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 13th, 2024