Time magazine said Hampton Sides' most recent book "reads like a first-class epic thriller."

Time magazine said Hampton Sides' most recent book "reads like a first-class epic thriller."

In the Kingdom of Ice describes the Arctic voyage of the USS Jeannette in the late 1800s. Using letters, logs, journals and survivor accounts, Sides delivers a true story of bravery, hardship and tragedy.

Sides will be the next writer showcased during Hear & Now, a series co-sponsored by Worthington Libraries and the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St. On Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., he'll answer questions and discuss upcoming projects at the MAC.

In the Kingdom of Ice isn't Sides' first nonfiction adventure story. He's also the author of the bestselling Ghost Soldiers, which recounts a daring rescue mission of World War II POWs in the Philippines; Blood and Thunder, a chronicle of the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson; and Hellhound On His Trail, about the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international manhunt for assassin James Earl Ray.

The New Mexico resident is also a frequent contributor to National Geographic and other magazines. His journalistic work, collected in numerous anthologies, has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing.

A catered dinner with Sides, benefiting the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, is planned at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Tickets are $45 each, and include admission to and reserved seating at Sides' presentation. The dinner is limited to 60 people; register by Sept. 18.

Tickets for Sides' presentation only are available for $15. They can be reserved at the MAC, by phone at 614-431-0329 and online at mcconnellarts.org.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.