The title of Lincoln Hall's book describes him to a tee: Dead Lucky. That's because he narrowly escaped becoming a Mount Everest fatality three years ago. During a climb, the famous Australian writer/mountaineer collapsed from altitude sickness. His companions were unable to revive him. Believing he was dead, they left him in the snow and continued down the mountain. News of Hall's demise was quickly picked up by the international media. The climbing world was shocked at his death, his family devastated. The trouble was, Hall wasn't dead. He was alive, and alone, in the freezing cold. Drifting in and out of consciousness, he spent the night out in the open, hallucinating and teetering on the brink of death. Dead Lucky, Life After Death on Mount Everest is his account of that long, lonely night. 7 p.m. Houston Public Library, 500 McKinney. For information, call 832-393-1313 or visit www.houstonlibrary.org. Free.
Tue., June 9, 7 p.m., 2009