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Rebecca Solnit / Recollections of My Nonexistence

March 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

front cover of Recollections of My Nonexistence

Booksmith hosts the inimitable Rebecca Solnit reading from and discussing her memoir, Recollections of My Nonexistence.

Please note: This event is ticketed and will be at the Internet Archive HQ, 300 Funston Ave., San Francisco. Tickets, including discounted book bundles, are on sale now.

Advance tickets are highly encouraged to ensure admission. Unless noted here, tickets will be available at the door.

In Recollections of My Nonexistence, Solnit describes her formation as a writer and as a feminist in 1980s San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and throughout society and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas. She tells of being poor, hopeful, and adrift in the city that became her great teacher; of the small apartment that, when she was nineteen, became the home in which she transformed herself; of how punk rock gave form and voice to her own fury and explosive energy.

Solnit recounts how she came to recognize the epidemic of violence against women around her, the street harassment that unsettled her, the trauma that changed her, and the authority figures who routinely disdained and disbelieved girls and women, including her. Looking back, she sees all these as consequences of the voicelessness that was and still is the ordinary condition of women, and how she contended with that while becoming a writer and a public voice for womens rights.

She explores the forces that liberated her as a person and as a writer — books themselves, the gay men around her who offered other visions of what gender, family, and joy could be, and her eventual arrival in the spacious landscapes and overlooked conflicts of the American West. These influences taught her how to write in the way she has ever since, and gave her a voice that has resonated with and empowered many others.

photo of Rebecca Solnit by Trent Davis BaileyRebecca Solnit is the author of fourteen books, including A Paradise Built in HellA Field Guide to Getting LostRiver of ShadowsWanderlust: A History of Walking, and As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award. She lives in San Francisco.

*** Please note ***

Doors at 6pm. Program at 7pm. Duration of event is subject to the author’s preference.

Signing details TBA soon.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All ticket sales are final.

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March 16, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
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300 Funston Ave.
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