Live Stream: Terry Tempest Williams presents Erosion: Essays of Undoing, in conversation with Daniel Wallace

Event Image: 

Click here to RSVP for this event. Prior to the event, we will email you with the link required to attend.

Like most of our events, this event is free. If you decide to attend and to purchase the authors' books, we ask that you purchase from Malaprop's. When you do this you make it possible for us to continue hosting author events and you keep more dollars in our community. If you would like to support us without purchasing a book, you may purchase a gift card or make a donation of any amount. Thank you!


Terry Tempest Williams's fierce, spirited, and magnificent essays are a howl in the desert. She sizes up the continuing assaults on America's public lands and the erosion of our commitment to the open space of democracy. She asks: How do we find the strength to not look away from all that is breaking our hearts?

We know the elements of erosion: wind, water, and time. They have shaped the spectacular physical landscape of our nation. Here, Williams bravely and brilliantly explores the many forms of erosion we face: of democracy, science, compassion, and trust. She examines the dire cultural and environmental implications of the gutting of Bear Ears National Monument--sacred lands to Native Peoples of the American Southwest; of the undermining of the Endangered Species Act; of the relentless press by the fossil fuel industry that has led to a panorama in which oil rigs light up the horizon. And she testifies that the climate crisis is not an abstraction, offering as evidence the drought outside her door and, at times, within herself.

These essays are Williams's call to action, blazing a way forward through difficult and dispiriting times. We will find new territory--emotional, geographical, communal. The erosion of desert lands exposes the truth of change. What has been weathered, worn, and whittled away is as powerful as what remains. Our undoing is also our becoming.

Erosion is a book for this moment, political and spiritual at once, written by one of our greatest naturalists, essayists, and defenders of the environment. She reminds us that beauty is its own form of resistance, and that water can crack stone.


Terry Tempest Williams is an American writer and environmental activist. Known for her lyrical prose with a spiritual depth and political edge, her books include “Refuge - An Unnatural History of Family and Place;” “Finding Beauty in a Broken World;” “When Women Were Birds;” “The Hour of Land;” and most recently, “Erosion - Essays of Undoing.”  Her work has been translated worldwide. She is a member of the American Academy Of Arts & Letters and is currently writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School. She and her husband Brooke Williams live in Castle Valley, Utah.

Daniel Wallace is author of six novels, including Big Fish (1998), Ray in Reverse (2000), The Watermelon King (2003), Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician (2007), The Kings and Queens of Roam (2013), and most recently Extraordinary Adventures (May 2017).  His children’s book, published in 2014, and for which he did both the words and the pictures, is called The Cat’s Pajamas, and it is adorable. In 2003 Big Fish was adapted and released as a movie and then in 2013 the book and the movie were mish-mashed together and became a Broadway musical. His novels have been translated into over three-dozen languages. He is also the author of a coloring book, Roadside Attractions, co-authored by Emily Wallace (no relation).

 

 

Event address: 
Erosion: Essays of Undoing Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250758248
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - October 13th, 2020

Staff Pick Badge
When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250024114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - February 26th, 2013

Extraordinary Adventures: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250118455
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 30th, 2017

American Birds: A Literary Companion Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781598536553
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Library of America - March 10th, 2020

Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616201647
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - May 15th, 2012

The Cat's Pajamas Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781941758007
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Inkshares - November 17th, 2014