Jeff VanderMeer with Chuck Wendig

A writer we have greatly enjoyed hosting in-person for his fabulous novels, we are now delighted to be virtually presenting for his newest fabulous novel: Jeff VanderMeer is with us tonight with his newest, Hummingbird Salamander (MCD x FSG).

“Jeff VanderMeer's Hummingbird Salamander is an existential mindfuck cleverly disguised as a thriller. Though the plot never stops rocketing forward, this astonishing novel continually shifts and expands in scale, until the puzzle the narrator is tasked with solving at the outset becomes an almost Matrix-like invitation to open herself up to a new and shattering understanding of her world, and ours. Visionary, dark, beautiful, and strange, Hummingbird Salamander is that rare novel that coaxes you into imagining the unimaginable." —Kristen Roupenian.

Hummingbird Salamander is a profound and incendiary thriller hurtling backward from the end of the world. Jeff VanderMeer’s tale of ecological and personal obsession inhabits that strange, surreal space where the natural world and human ambition collide – a space almost no other writer has chronicled with as much reverence and imaginative lucidity. The result is a detective story unlike any I’ve read before, futuristic in bearing but deeply relevant to this present, dangerous moment.” —Omar El Akkad.

Jeff VanderMeer is the author of Dead Astronauts, Borne, and The Southern Reach Trilogy, the first volume of which, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award and was adapted into a movie by Alex Garland. He speaks and writes frequently about issues relating to climate change as well as urban rewilding. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, on the edge of a ravine, with his wife, Ann VanderMeer, and their cat, Neo.

Chuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers, Star Wars: Aftermath, the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and Zer0es and Invasive, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. He was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and an alum of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and he served as the co-writer of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. He is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds, and books about writing such as Damn Fine Story. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.

Two ticket options are available, as is usual for our events. Free event OR event bundled with a copy of Hummingbird Salamander, a signed and personalized bookplate and access to a password protected site with bonus content that includes annotated chapters, downloadable psychedelic art posters of the Unitopia from Hummingbird Salamander, behind-the-scenes tidbits and easter eggs, exclusive one-sheets about the mythic creatures created for Hummingbird Salamander, and much more.

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Hummingbird Salamander: A Novel By Jeff VanderMeer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374173548
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: MCD - April 6th, 2021

Wanderers: A Novel By Chuck Wendig Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399182129
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - May 19th, 2020

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 2:00pm
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