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Sun, Sep 29


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Author Event: Lauren Markham in conversation with Becca Andrews

Join us on Sunday, September 29th at 6:15 pm when we have Lauren Markham in-store, discussing her new book A Map of Future Ruins: On Borders and Belonging with Becca Andrews.

Author Event: Lauren Markham in conversation with Becca Andrews
Author Event: Lauren Markham in conversation with Becca Andrews

Time & Location

Sep 29, 2024, 6:15 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

Novelette Booksellers, 1101 Chapel Ave #108, Nashville, TN 37206, USA

About the event

Join us on Sunday, September 29th at 6:15 pm when we have Lauren Markham in-store, discussing her book new book A Map of Future Ruins: On Borders and Belonging with investigative journalist and author Becca Andrews.

Tickets are Pay What You Want! You do not have to pay anything, but every dollar helps us keep the lights on and keeps books in yer hands. Once you 'purchase' your tickets, your name will be added to the guest list. Spots are limited, so please don't forget to snag your tickets!

This event is standing room only, but you may bring a camping/folding chair, cushion, or pillow if you like, or get cozy on our floor! Feel free to bring non-alcoholic drinks but please do not bring any food.

Copies of A Map of Future Ruins: On Borders and Belonging will be available for purchase at the event, but ordering in advance is always your best bet to make sure you can secure a copy. Order a copy for pickup or shipping here!

About A Map of Future Ruins: On Borders and Belonging:

A provocative, virtuosic inquiry that reveals how the valorization of migrations past is intimately linked to the exclusion and demonization of migrants today  When and how did migration become a crime? Why have “Greek ideals” remained foundational to the West’s idea of itself? How have our personal migration myths – and nostalgia for times past—shaped today’s troubling realities of nationalism and fortified borders?  In 2021, Lauren Markham went to Greece to cover the aftermath of a fire that had burned down the largest refugee camp in Europe. Almost no one had wanted the camp—not humanitarian activists, not the country’s growing neo-fascist movement, not even the government, which resented the disproportionate responsibility it bore for an overwhelming international human rights problem. But almost immediately, in spite of scant evidence, six young Afghan refugees were arrested for the crime.  As she immersed herself in the story, Markham saw that it was part of a larger tapestry, rooted not only in centuries of global history but also in the myths we tell ourselves about who we are. A mesmerizing, trailblazing synthesis of reporting, history, memoir, and essay, A Map of Future Ruins helps us see that the stories we tell about migration don’t just explain what happened. They are oracles: they predict the future.

About Lauren Markham:

Lauren Markham is a writer based in Northern California. She is the author of the recent A Map of Future Ruins: On Borders and Belonging (Riverhead, 2024) which The New Yorker listed as one of “The Best Books We’ve Read in 2024 So Far” and which Kirkus reviews called “a remarkable, unnerving, and cautionary portrait of a global immigration crisis.”

A fiction writer, essayist and journalist, her work most often concerns issues related to youth, migration, the environment and her home state of California. Markham’s first book, The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life (Crown, 2017) was the winner of the 2018 Ridenhour Book Prize, the Northern California Book Award, and a California Book Award Silver Prize. It was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Selection, a New York Times Book Critics' Top Book of 2017, and was shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the L.A. Times Book Award and longlisted for a Pen America Literary Award in Biography.

Markham has reported from the border regions of Greece and Mexico and Thailand and Texas; from arctic Norway; from gang-controlled regions of El Salvador; from depopulating towns in rural Sardinia and rural Guatemala, too; from home school havens in southern California; from imperiled forests in Oregon and Washington; from the offices of overwhelmed immigration attorneys in L.A. and Tijuana; from the upscale haunts of women scammed on the Upper East Side.

Her writing has appeared in outlets such as VQR (where she is a contributing editor), Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Review of BooksThe New Republic, Guernica, Freeman's, Mother Jones, Orion, The Atlantic, Lit Hub, California Sunday, Zyzzyva, The Georgia Review, The Best American Travel Writing 2019, and on This American Life. She has been awarded fellowships from The Mesa Refuge, UC Berkeley, Middlebury College, the McGraw Center, the French American Foundation, the Society for Environmental Journalists, the Silvers Prize, the de Groot Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

In addition to writing, Markham has spent fifteen years working at the intersection of education and immigration. She regularly teaches writing in various community writing centers as well as at the Ashland University MFA in Writing Program, the University of San Francisco and St. Mary’s MFA in Writing Program. Her third book, Immemorial, will be published by Transit Books in 2025.

For updates, follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenMarkham_  &  Instagram @laurenemarkham

About Becca Andrews:

Becca Andrews is an award-winning investigative journalist and author whose work has been published in Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Jezebel, WIRED, Elle, Teen Vogue, and The New Republic, among other publications. Her debut book, No Choice: The Destruction of Roe v. Wade and the Fight to Protect a Fundamental American Right, was praised as “required reading” in the aftermath of the Dobbs v.  Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court ruling that overturned the formerly constitutional right to abortion. She teaches journalism at Western Kentucky University.


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