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WMRA's Books & Brews: Sofia Samatar and Greg Wrenn
WMRA's Books & Brews: Sofia Samatar and Greg Wrenn

Tue, Apr 09


Pale Fire Brewing Co.

WMRA's Books & Brews: Sofia Samatar and Greg Wrenn

WMRA’s April 2024 Books & Brews features Sofia Samatar and Greg Wrenn, discussing their books, "The Practice, the Horizon, and the Chain" and "Mothership: A Memoir of Wonder and Crisis"

Time & Location

Apr 09, 2024, 7:00 PM

Pale Fire Brewing Co. , 217 S Liberty St #105, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, USA

About the Event

WMRA’s April 9, 2024 Books & Brews will feature authors Sofia Samatar discussing her book, "The Practice, the Horizon, and the Chain"; and Greg Wrenn discussing his book, "Mothership: A Memoir of Wonder and Crisis", at Pale Fire Brewing in Harrisonburg.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 7pm.

Live at Pale Fire Brewing Co., and available later on WMRA's Youtube Channel and on Facebook.

Signed copies of The Practice, the Horizon, and the Chain and Mothership: A Memoir of Wonder and Crisis will be available at the event and online at Stone Soup Books.

WMRA's Books & Brews is made possible thanks to our series sponsor, Gaines Group Architects. The Gaines Group has offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.

About the Books

The Practice, the Horizon, and the Chain is a science fiction novella about a university attached to a prison -- in space! It deals with a lot of issues concerning access and diversity in higher education, but in a fun way, with mystical breath practices, asteroid mines, and rebellion.

The boy was raised as one of the Chained, condemned to toil in the bowels of a mining ship out among the stars.

His whole world changes—literally—when he is yanked “upstairs” to meet the woman he will come to call “professor.” The boy is no longer one of the Chained, she tells him, and he has been given an opportunity to be educated at the ship’s university alongside the elite.

The woman has spent her career striving for acceptance and validation from her colleagues in the hopes of reaching a brighter future, only to fall short at every turn.

Together, the boy and the woman will learn from each other to grasp the nature of the chains designed to fetter them both. They will embark on a transformation—and redesign the entire world.

Mothership: A Memoir of Wonder and Crisis is a dazzling, evidence-based account of one man’s quest to heal from complex PTSD by turning to endangered coral reefs and psychedelic plants after traditional therapies failed—and his awakening to the need for us to heal the planet as well.

About the Authors

Sofia Samatar’s first novel, A Stranger in Olondria, won the 2014 William L. Crawford Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and was included in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. She also received the 2014 Astounding Award for Best New Writer. Her novel The Winged Histories completed the Olondria duology, and was followed by Tender: StoriesMonster Portraits (with the artist Del Samatar), and The White Mosque: A Memoir. Sofia lives in Virginia and teaches at James Madison University.

A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, Greg Wrenn is the author of Centaur (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), which National Book Award–winning poet Terrance Hayes awarded the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Greg’s work has appeared in The New Republic, Al Jazeera, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, New England Review, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He has received awards and fellowships from the James Merrill House, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Poetry Society of America. As an associate English professor, Greg teaches environmental literature and creative writing at James Madison University, where he weaves climate change science into literary studies. He was educated at Harvard University and Washington University in St. Louis. Greg is a trained yoga teacher and a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, exploring coral reefs around the world for over twenty-five years. He lives in the mountains of Virginia with his husband and their growing family of trees.

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