9th Ave: John Shoptaw with Jenny Odell

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset. 

black and white image of "The Fall of Phaeton" by Beatrizet. It is a drawing of the heavens parting, men on earth holding their arms above their head against its wrath, and a cluster of horses suspended in mid-air, either being pulled toward the sky or dropping to the ground. This is not the book's cover, but a placeholder until the book cover is revealed selected by poet John Shoptaw.

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About Near-Earth Object
In Near-Earth Object, Shoptaw explores the interactions, sometimes dark and sometimes joyful, between humans and the non-human natural world. Resisting the human exceptionalism that in its many forms can block imaginative access to the world, Shoptaw entertains the perspectives of a host of others: a cricket, a bat, a nuthatch, a carnival bear, a tree’s shade, cherubim, an asteroid, and Earth herself.

Of Near-Earth Object, Shoptaw said, “I take up difficult and painful topics such as global meltdown and animal abuse, without ever giving up either pleasure or hope. Here, I practice what I like to call a poetics of impurity. I am wary of absolutes, and attempt to make the best of things in the messy world of the relative, the partial, the gradual, and the mixed.”

Patrick Davis, publisher at Unbound Edition Press, said, “John’s remarkable work is formally attuned, entirely accessible, and urgently relevant. His ecopoetics, on full display in Near-Earth Object, propel a vital voice for our challenging times.” The collection was acquired for the press by the acclaimed poet and literary critic, Peter Campion, who serves as executive editor. Near-Earth Object is presently scheduled for publication on in April 2024, in celebration of National Poetry Month.

John Shoptaw teaches in the UC Berkeley English Department.  He is the author of On the Outside Looking Out:  John Ashbery’s Poetry,the libretto for Eric Sawyer’s opera Our American Cousin (Boston Modern Orchestra Project), and a number of essays on poetry and poetics, including “Why Ecopoetry?” (Poetry). 

About John Shoptaw
John Shoptaw
, a leading voice in ecopoetics, is widely published in many of the most respected literary journals and magazines, including Arion, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and Poetry.  His first poetry collection, Times Beach (2015), won the Notre Dame Review Book Prize and the Northern California Book Award in Poetry.  

About Jenny Odell
Jenny Odell is a multidisciplinary artist and author. Her first book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy was the New York Times bestseller. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Sierra magazine, and other publications. She lives in Oakland, California.

Times Beach (Notre Dame Review Book Prize) By John Shoptaw Cover Image
ISBN: 9780268017859
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Published: University of Notre Dame Press - February 15th, 2015

Winner of the Notre Dame Review Book Prize, this ambitious collection of poems evokes the cultural and environmental history of the Mississippi watershed and meditates on how its rivers are ceaselessly shaping, and shaped by, the lives around them.

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy By Jenny Odell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612198552
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Published: Melville House - December 29th, 2020

** A New York Times Bestseller **

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: TimeThe New Yorker NPRGQElleVultureFortuneBoing BoingThe Irish Times • The New York Public Library • The Brooklyn Public Library

Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond Productivity Culture By Jenny Odell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593242728
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2024

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The visionary author of How to Do Nothing returns to challenge the notion that ‘time is money.’ . . . Expect to feel changed by this radical way of seeing.”—Esquire

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