Rebecca Solnit, author of Recollections of My Nonexistence, in conversation with writer and musician Carrie Brownstein.
This virtual event with Rebecca Solnit and Carrie Brownstein will be hosted on Zoom Webinar and requires registration via Eventbrite. Please note the shift to daylight savings time happens on the event date. Zoom opens and event begins at 5 pm Pacific Daylight Time.
A metaphorical dusting ourselves off and asking, where were we, now? Almost exactly one year after the announced live and in-person appearance by Rebecca Solnit and Carrie Brownstein would have happened for her extraordinary, then-newly released memoir, Recollections of My Nonexistence (Penguin) but had to be scuttled, as most all else did, with the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects taking hold, we are delighted to be able to present the two of them virtually in conversation, this time knowing what ‘zoom’ is in doing so. This memoir, coming in the wake of Rebecca Solnit’s most recent previous books, including Whose Story is This? and Cinderella Liberator, is a singular work of insight, voice, and context – the ability to see own her coming into adult life from personal, as well social, cultural, and historical perspectives. It is a memoir writ large – instructive for and to so many learning to navigate into meaningful, engaged, adult life. “For Solnit fans, her new memoir is a glimpse of all that was ‘taking form out of sight,’ providing a key to understanding much of her work to date. Yet simply as a coming-of-age narrative, it also has much to offer someone new to her writing. [Recollections] often reverses the figure-ground relationship, portraying the emergence of a writer and her voice from a particular cultural moment and set of fortuitous influences . . . [It] often reads as a letter to young activists and women writers—less ‘back in my day’ and more ‘I fought, and am fighting, the same battles you are … At the same time that [Solnit] describes her forays into her past, she invites us to connect pieces of her story to our own, as a measure of how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go.” —Jenny Odell, The New York Times Book Review. “Rebecca Solnit’s opposition to injustice in its many forms, and her relentless inquiry as a writer and reporter into a great range of issues—racial injustice, nuclear weapons, indigenous rights, male hegemony—have defined the outrage and politics of much of her generation. In Recollections of My Nonexistence she draws all these potent metaphors for inequity together into a moral stance that transcends the particulars of all her topics. This is a remarkable book—smart, brave, edgy, insightful, and authentic.” —Barry Lopez.
Tickets include a paperback copy of Recollections of My Nonexistence mailed to an address within the Continental U.S. ONLY. A limited number of books will also include a bookplate signed by Rebecca Solnit.