Cancelled - Joanna Pocock with Kim Brown Seely
*This event has been cancelled.
An Irish-Canadian writer who lives in London, Joanna Pocock is here with her remarkable narrative study of the U.S. West as it is now, Surrender: The Call of the American West (House of Anansi). She’ll be joined onstage this evening by Seattle-area writer Kim Brown Seely, author of the excellent Uncharted: A Couple’s Epic Empty-Nest Adventure Sailing from One Life to Another (Sasquatch) - named one of the best books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal.
“Surrender is an astonishing book about the fragility of nature, grief, the American West, the consolations of travel, and the exquisite agonies of mortal life. Pocock travels widely in time and space, through memories, visions, the deaths of her parents, and the birth of her child. Beautiful, wise, and deeply moving, this is ambulatory philosophy at its finest — for readers of Rebecca Solnit, Lauren Elkin, Garnette Cadogan, and Iain Sinclair.” — Joanna Kavenna.
“In Surrender, Joanna Pocock follows rewilders, nomads, ecosexuals, and a host of outliers who see living with and off the land as the salvation of our species and everything else on the planet. Her candid and beautifully written journey confronts the angst, guilt, and grief she experiences while examining the greatest existential crisis of all time — the killing of diverse life on our planet. Pocock’s book is deeply researched and broad in its search for solutions. Her deft blending and layering of the personal with the political makes Surrender a necessary read for our times.” — Edward Burtynsky.