Sun 19 Nov / Strandings with Peter Riley Online Conversation

Sun 19 Nov / Strandings with Peter Riley Online Conversation

Calling all lovers of whales, genre-defying books, and conversations about culture, climate and psychology! You’re invited to join our virtual event with Peter Riley, the author of the brilliant new work, Strandings, and Upstart & Crow cofounder Zoe Grams.

Upstart & Crow is an independent bookshop on Granville Island, Vancouver, and we're super-delighted to be co-hosting this event with them, and sharing an audience from the UK and Canada.

Settle into a cosy seat at home for a wide-ranging, thoughtful discussion about a book as enthralling as it is original.

This event takes place at 10 a.m. PST (B.C. viewers), or 6 p.m. GMT (U.K. viewers).

In Strandings, author Riley reveals the secretive world of whale scavengers — people who descend on whales that have washed ashore to take its parts. Some scavengers are driven by magical beliefs. Some are motivated by profit: there is a black market for everything from ambergris to whaletooth sex toys. But for others, the need goes much deeper.

In the book, and in this conversation, the fate of whales becomes a metaphor for our greed and continued disconnection to nature. Through stories of whale migration and discovery, we begin to better understand our own history — and future.

As Philip Hoare explains, “I doubt anyone will ever match Strandings for its absolute, engulfing, and brilliantly enlivening whaleheadedness.”

Register for your free ticket at this Eventbrite. The event will be recorded, and there will be time for audience questions. Upstart & Crow will provide the Zoom link closer to the date.

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