Robert MacFarlane

Through an extraordinary series of books - Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and this past year’s bestselling children’s title, The Lost Words, British writer Robert MacFarlane has been writing some of the most insightful, revelatory work on landscape and human interactions of anyone at work today, certainly in the English language. He is here tonight with a dazzlingly, brilliant new book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey (W.W. Norton).

Underland is a devastating act of witness, a clear, cogent, lyrical examination of the darknesses invisible beneath our feet, both geographical and eschatological; it is blazingly vivid about the terror and grandeur of both the natural world and the consequences of human destructiveness upon the Earth. But the book’s great power comes from Robert MacFarlane’s deliberate turn away from despair and a simple narrative of human evildoing, and toward a more deliberate, loving, and luminous sense of awe.” —Lauren Groff.

“I began this book with the thrill of realizing that Robert MacFarlane has over the years and books charted the heights and breadth of human travel before plumbing the depths in this exquisite book about what lies beneath. I ended it with wonder at his ability to evoke so vividly places to which I and probably you will never go, and the sense of vast scale they restore to us at a time when it can feel like the world has shrunken around us.” —Rebecca Solnit.

Co-presented by TOWN HALL SEATTLE SCIENCE Series and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information here.

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 7:30pm
Town Hall Forum
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
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