Volumes Bookcafe is proud to present Jeff Vandermeer, best-selling author of the Southern Reach trilogy, as he kicks off the book tour for his new book, Borne. Vandermeer will be joined in conversation with local author Jac Jemc on April 26th at 7pm at the Chicago Athletic Association.
The Event will be held in the Madison Ballroom at the Chicago Athletic Association. Entry is easiest through 71 E Madison. Take the elevator to the 8th floor.
JEFF VANDERMEER is an award-winning novelist and editor, most recently the author of the New York Times bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy—the first volume of which, Annihilation, is currently being made into movie to be released by Scott Rubin / Paramount in 2017—and the coeditor with his wife, Ann VanderMeer, of The Big Book of Science Fiction. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and multiple year’s-best anthologies. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
JAC JEMC is the author of My Only Wife, a finalist for the 2013 PEN / Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award, and A Different Bed Every Time, one of Amazon’s Best Story Collections of 2014. She has been the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grants, and in 2014 was named one of 25 Writers to Watch by the Guild Literary Complex and one of Newcity’s Lit 50 in Chicago. She recently completed a stint as the writer in residence at the University of Notre Dame and currently teaches at Northeastern Illinois University and StoryStudio Chicago, as well as online at Writers & Books and the Loft Literary Center, and she is the web nonfiction editor for Hobart. Her new book The Grip of It (FSG) is out August 1st of this year.
Am I a person? Borne asked me.
Yes, you are a person, I told him. But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.
In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company—a biotech firm now derelict—and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech.
One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump—plant or animal?—but exudes a strange charisma. Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth, now lost to rising seas. There is an attachment she resents: in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet, against her instincts—and definitely against Wick’s wishes—Rachel keeps Borne. She cannot help herself. Borne, learning to speak, learning about the world, is fun to be with, and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing. For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her. She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford.
He was born, but I had borne him.
But as Borne grows, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put the security of her sanctuary with Wick at risk. For the Company, it seems, may not be truly dead, and new enemies are creeping in. What Borne will lay bare to Rachel as he changes is how precarious her existence has been, and how dependent on subterfuge and secrets. In the aftermath, nothing may ever be the same.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No. All ages are welcome.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The Chicago Athletic Association is located right off Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago's downtown area. Located just blocks from the Art Institute, the CAA is a short walk to Brown, Green, Purple, Orange, Blue and Red El stations. Parking is available at a variety of parkin structures nearby. We suggest using Spot Hero for good deals!
What can I bring into the event?
You can bring yourself, and up to 5 books TOTAL (including the one that comes with your ticket). Remember Jeff needs to sign A LOT of books, so please be mindful.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Volumes can answer any question. You can call us at 773-697-8066 or email us with questions at email@example.com
What's the refund policy?
All tickets can be refunded up until 24 hours before the event. IF you cannot attent, your signed book will be held at Volumes until you can pick it up (1474 N. Milwaukee Ave)
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, but you do need to show us your ticket to be scanned in one way or another to gain entry.