Jeff VanderMeer: Borne
Thursday June 29: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
In Jeff's newest book readers follow a young woman named Rachel as she tries to survive as a scavenger in a ruined and dangerous city. Rachel struggles to live, taking shelter in a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals homegrown psychoactive biotech.
One day, Rachel finds Borne, a mysterious green lump?plant or animal? Borne reminds Rachel of sea life long since destroyed and grows fond of the weird creature.
As Borne grows, learning to speak and see the world, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put the security of her and Wick at risk.
Join us in the Rare Book Room as Jeff shares his newest work with actor/writer Eric Bogosian!
Jeff VanderMeer’s NYT bestselling Southern Reach trilogy has been translated into over 30 languages and made Entertainment Weekly’s top 10 list. The first novel, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and Shirley Jackson Award, was shortlisted for a half dozen more, and has been made into a movie to be released by Paramount Pictures in 2018. His new novel, Borne, which he will read from tonight, is the first release from Farrar, Straus and Giroux’s new MCD imprint. The novel has also been optioned by Paramount and it continues to explore themes related to the environment, animals, and our future. The New Yorker has called Jeff “the weird Thoreau” and he frequently speaks about issues related to climate change and storytelling, including at DePaul, MIT, and Vanderbilt. His nonfiction appears in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, and many more. With Ann VanderMeer, his wife and frequent collaborator, he has edited many fiction anthologies, including The Big Book of Science Fiction.
Eric Bogosian is an actor, playwright, and novelist of Armenian descent. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play "Talk Radio", and is the recipient of the Berlin International Film Festival's Silver Bear award, as well as three Obie Awards and the Drama Desk Award. In addition to his celebrated work in the theater and onscreen, he has authored three novels. In 2015, Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide was published by Little, Brown. He is married to director Jo Bonney and lives in New York City.