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The Helpdesk at the Bottom of the World (and Other Antarctic Improbabilities)
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Thursday, Jul. 12, 7:00-8:30pm

In 2010, David Pablo Cohn left his comfortable position as a senior Silicon Valley research scientist to become "the Helpdesk at the Bottom of the World" for a season, fixing jammed printers and rebooting frozen laptops at the US Antarctic Program's South Pole Station. That improbable left turn signaled the start of a series of midlife career changes that included working below deck on a polar icebreaker, launching a Port Townsend farm collective and publishing two volumes of fiction.

 

Cohn's Antarctic novella, Heller's Tale, has been praised for its gripping and accurate depictions of life "on the Ice," and reviewers describe Eight in Three Weeks, his recent collection of short stories, as "Wry, irreverent, curious, sad and whip-smart - a terrific read."

 

Pablo will discuss how the (sometimes) surprisingly mundane life at the South Pole launched his career as an award-winning writer, and some of the twists and turns in his life since then that have become stories in their own right.


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