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3:00pm

We Loved It All: A Memory of Life

with Lydia Millet
Hosted by Stephen Brockwell

We Loved It All: A Memory of Life

with Lydia Millet
Hosted by Stephen Brockwell
4
Saturday
May
3:00pm
Library and Archives Canada
396 Wellington Street
Lydia Millet

Join us for a conversation between poet Stephen Brockwell and Lydia Millet about We Loved It All: A Memory of Life, an anti-memoir that explores the pain and joy of being a parent, child, and human at a moment when the richness of the planet’s life is deeply threatened. 

 

Across more than a dozen acclaimed works of fiction, readers have become intimate with Lydia Millet’s distinctive voice and sly wit. Her first nonfiction book combines the precision of fact with the power of narrative to evoke our enmeshment with the more-than-human world. 

 

Emerging from a quarter century of wildlife and climate advocacy, We Loved it All marries scenes from her life with moments of nearness to “the others”— the animals and plants with whom we share the earth. Accounts of fears and failures, jobs and friendships, childhood and motherhood are interspersed with exquisite accounts of nonhumans and arresting meditations on the power of story to shape the future.

 

Seeking to understand why we immerse ourselves in the domestic and immediate, turning away from more sweeping views, she examines how grand cultural myths can deny our longing for the company of nature and deprive us of its charisma and inspiration. 

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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