Rebecca Solnit

David Butow

Rebecca Solnit

Past Event: Thursday, June 5, 2014

At Town Hall Seattle

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The author of thirteen books, Solnit writes on art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie, memory, and the power of story.

Her books include River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (2004), for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award.

Solnit’s 2013 publication “The Faraway Nearby,” noted as possibly her best by the Boston Globe review, offers a number of themes involving meaningful travels both literal (Iceland) and metaphorical (fairy tales). In a series of 13 chapters with titles like “apricots,’’ “ice,’’ “breath,’’ “flight’’ that circle back and repeat, Solnit blends essay and memoir in examining how we escape through stories, why we tell them, and the role of empathy in our narratives.

Selected Works

The Faraway Nearby (2013)
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (2010)
A California Bestiary (2010)
The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle (2009)
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster (2009)
“News from Nowhere: Iceland’s polite dystopia”. Harper’s Magazine. October 2008.
Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics (2007)
After the Ruins, 1906 and 2006: Rephotographing the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire (2006)
Yosemite in Time: Ice Ages, Tree Clocks, Ghost Rivers (2005)
A Field Guide to Getting Lost (2005)
Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (2004)
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (2003)
As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art (2001)
Hollow City: The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism (2000)
Wanderlust: A History of Walking (2000)
A Book of Migrations: Some Passages in Ireland (1997)
Savage Dreams: A Journey Into the Landscape Wars of the American West (1994)
Secret Exhibition: Six California Artists of the Cold War Era (1990)

Links of Interest

Interview with California Reads author Rebecca Solnit
NPR: Telling Stories About Ourselves In ‘The Faraway Nearby’
A Paradise Built in Hell: Rebecca Solnit on “The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster”

Event Details

Town Hall Seattle