A recording of the event will be available through October 7.
Barbara Kingsolver's work has garnered a devoted worldwide readership in more than 20 languages. Her fiction and nonfiction works, including The Poisonwood Bible, The Lacuna, Flight Behavior, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, have been finalists or winners of numerous prizes, including the Pulitzer, PEN/Faulkner, Orange, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. In 2000 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts.
Kingsolver will talk about and read from her second book of poetry, How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons). It has been quietly in progress for a decade, but the majority of the poems were written in the last three years. This volume introduces readers to Kingsolver’s family and familiars, life events both crushing and jubilant, and her spiritual and intimate rapport with nature, offering a unique window into her creative practice and revealing this private artist as never before. Some poems address making peace (or not) with the complicated bonds of friendship and family, and making peace (or not) with death, in the many ways it finds us. Others reflect on the redemptive powers of art and poetry itself. Closing the book are poems that celebrate natural wonders and belonging to an untamed world beyond ourselves.
Altogether, these poems are about transcendence: finding breath and lightness in life and the everyday acts of living. Channeling the compassionate humanity of the author’s prose, this collection will delight Kingsolver’s devotees and welcome a host of new readers.
VIP ticket (limited quantity; includes a ticket, virtual happy hour with author following event, and hardcover copy of How to Fly with signed bookplate shipped directly to your home after September 22): $50
One ticket + one book (with signed bookplate shipped directly to your home after September 22): $32