Upcoming Event

Lydia Millet at the Cambridge Public Library

presenting

We Loved it All:
A Memory of Life

in conversation with TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS

Date

Apr
22
Monday
April 22, 2024
6:00 PM ET

Location

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

$0.00 (Free RSVP Required) $29.74 (book-included)

Harvard Book Store and the Cambridge Public Library welcome LYDIA MILLET—author of the National Book Award finalist A Children's Bible and the Pulitzer Prize finalist Love in Infant Monkeys—for a discussion of her new anti-memoir We Loved it All: A Memory of Life. She will be joined in conversation by TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS—Writer-in-Residence at the Harvard Divinity School and award-winning author of Refuge, Erosion, and When Women Were Birds.  

Ticketing

RSVP for free to this event or choose the "Book-Included" ticket to reserve a copy of We Loved it All and pick it up at the event. Lydia Millet will sign copies of her new book after the presentation.


 

About We Love it All

Across more than a dozen acclaimed works of fiction, readers have become intimate with Lydia Millet’s distinctive voice and sly wit. We Loved It All, 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 Millet’s 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. In a thrilling distillation of experience and emotion, she evinces the familiar sense of feeling both well-meaning and powerless—a creature subject to forces that are baffling in their immensity. The fear and grief of extinction and climate change, Millet suggests, are forms of love that might be turned to resistance.

We Loved It All shimmers with curiosity and laconic humor yet addresses with reverence the most urgent crises of our day. An incantatory, bewitching devotional to the vast and precious bestiary of the earth, it asks that we extend to other living beings the protection they deserve—the simple grace of continued existence.

Praise for We Loved it All

"Lydia Millet's We Loved It All is at once lyrical and densely packed, intimate and all-encompassing. It beautifully captures the current moment, in all its terrors and possibilities." —Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

"Lydia Millet’s novels have always worked on me like a drug; her tenderly sardonic voice and the command of her uncanny narrative velocity keep me turning pages like burning through a bag of chips without stopping to lick the salt off my fingers. We Loved It All will break your heart." —Jonathan Lethem, author of Brooklyn Crime Novel

"We have all been the beneficiary of Lydia Millet’s eloquence and imagination through fiction. But now she gives us a different kind of story. A story of stunning attention, truths, and urgency, We Loved It All is an ode to the creatures we live among: finned, feathered, furred, scaled, and rooted…This is a rigorous, evocative, brilliant bow to life, even as the world burns. Please read this transformative anti-memoir that shows us a way forward." —Terry Tempest Williams, author of Erosion: Essays of Undoing

Masking Policy

Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.

Lydia Millet
Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet is the author of A Children's Bible, a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top 10 book of 2020, among other works of fiction. She has won awards from PEN Center USA and the American Academy of Arts and Letters and been shortlisted for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Photo Credit: Ivory Orchid Photography

Terry Tempest Williams
Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams is the award-winning author of The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks; Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; and When Women Were Birds, among other books. Her work is widely taught and anthologized around the world. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is currently the Writer-in-Residence at the Harvard Divinity School. She and her husband Brooke Williams divide their time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Castle Valley, Utah.

Photo credit: Zoé Rodriguez


 

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