Cancelled - Jon Mooallem with Maria Popova

*This event has been cancelled.

Bainbridge Island writer Jon Mooallem, the New York Times Magazine writer who is also the author of the well-received Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, is here this evening (please note early starting time) for his new book on Anchorage in 1964, This Is Chance! The Shaking of an All-American City, A Voice That Held It Together (Random House). Joining him in conversation to help make this even more special is Maria Popova, reader and writer extraordinaire (, the author of Figuring (newly in paper, Vintage).

This Is Chance is the riveting story of a town on the brink of its own existence, broken and held together by an unbelievable natural disaster. With grace and command, Jon Mooallem illuminates the near-divine existential interchange between wonder and horror, fate and self-determination. I teared up reading it, getting to know Genie Chance, a perfectly named hero—grateful to brush up against the extraordinary and unforgotten.”—Jia Tolentino.

“Jon Mooallem is one of the most delightful nonfiction writers working today. This Is Chance! is funny, poignant, and surprising: It takes an all-too-familiar story of a woman whose work is fundamental but long forgotten and turns it on its head. With his signature wit, depth, and gift for storytelling, Mooallem brings to life a strong, fascinating character who played a crucial role in the aftermath of a disaster—and whose story shows not just how deeply women’s voices matter but how often they have been silenced by history.”—Rebecca Skloot.

This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, A Voice That Held It Together Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525509912
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - March 24th, 2020

Figuring Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525565420
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 28th, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 6:30pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
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