M. Leona Godin with Keith Rosson

Much anticipation there is for the publication of New York-based writer, performer, and educator M. Leona Godin’s genre-defying first book, There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness (Pantheon). The subtitle begins to say what this extraordinary book is, in one part her own story of starting to lose sight at age ten, and how life and all that life is has gone from there. It also ranges far and wide, across cultures and histories, with other accounts of blindness, and so much else. 

“This sighted disabled person learned so much from There Plant Eyes! The book took me on a cultural journey that showed how blindness is beautiful, complex, and brilliant.” —Alice Wong.

There Plant Eyes is so graceful, so wise, so effortlessly erudite, I learned something new and took pleasure in every page. All hail its originality, its humanity, and its ‘philosophical obsession with diversity in all its complicated and messy glory.’” —Maggie Nelson.

“Godin guides readers through the surprising twists and turns in Western blind history, from ancient seers to contemporary scientists. The lively writing style and memorable personal anecdotes are delightful. This book is a gift to both blind and sighted readers.” —Haben Girma.

Joining M. Leona Godin in conversation will be novelist, illustrator, and graphic designer Keith Rosson, whose books include Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons and Smoke City.

Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.

ASL and CART will be provided for this program.


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There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524748715
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - June 1st, 2021

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946154521
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Meerkat Press - February 23rd, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 7:30pm
Virtually Hosted by Town Hall Seattle
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