Join us for a virtual conversation between the author of Landings Arwen Donahue and NYT bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver on Thursday, March 30th at 7PM!
Landings is a hybrid art memoir, published this past fall. In 130 ink-and-watercolor drawings, the story of one year on a family farm in Kentucky unfolds in captured moments of daily life: Donahue chopping wood, a cow sniffing her head, her daughter tending to goats after a hard day at school. Each visual is paired with a written reflection on the day’s doings, interwoven with the longer-arc history of her family, the farm, and their community. In telling the story of a farm family’s struggle to survive and thrive, Landings grapples with the legacy of our cultural divide between art and land and celebrates the beauty discovered along the way.
“Generational memory seems to have fed a modern assumption that manual labor is for the wretched, and farm life is something to be escaped. For all those of us who have returned to it, or elected not to leave at all, there is so much more to the story. It’s a kind of mission work to explain that land itself holds wisdom, and grace comes from reading it every day. The world needs books like Landings to record ‘the joy, delight, and awe of our creaturely lives on earth.’ To reveal daily labors like these from the inside out, and explain how Efficiency, the god that rules so much of modern life, can be a soul-killing taskmaster. The revelations hold a much-needed redemption of labor itself.” —Barbara Kingsolver, from the introduction
Though Arwen and Barbara will be in conversation virtually, any attendees in Spartanburg are welcome to gather in-person and watch a livestream of the event on a large TV screen at the bookshop. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Books will be available for pick up and additional titles will be available for sale.
The price of admission includes a copy of one of the event books (select at checkout).
For more information and to purchase tickets, follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtualhybrid-event-arwen-donahue-in-conversation-w-barbara-kingsolver-tickets-525946749887