2 pm | SATURDAY, AUG 8 *ONLINE*
Join us for a reading and discussion with John Rember on the author's most recent book, A Hundred Little Pieces on the End of the World.
About the Book
Written with clarity, tenacity, humor, and warmth, A Hundred Little Pieces on the End of the World attempts to find tolerable ethical positions in the face of barely tolerable events—and the real possibility of an intolerable future. It is a compelling, surprising, disturbing, and highly literate work of reportage and contemplation. It is both a collection of gentle-spirited wisdom and a rumination on ruin, as if distilled in equal measure from the spirits of Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
Through these ten essays, each further broken into ten smaller pieces, Rember examines the practical and ethical dilemmas of climate change, population, resource depletion, and mass extinction. At the same time, he never forgets those improbable connections between human beings that lead to moments of joy, empathy, and grace.
About the Author
John Rember was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, and grew up in the nearby Sawtooth Valley. His mother was a nurse at Sun Valley Hospital and his father drove ski bus and worked as a miner, fishing and hunting guide, trapper, and mechanic. John was educated at Harvard and earned his MFA at the University of Montana. He has worked as a ski patrolman, wilderness ranger, technical writer, concrete and construction worker, high school teacher, bartender, journalist, and professor. He taught for many years at The College of Idaho in Caldwell and in the Pacific University MFA program in Forest Grove, Oregon.
John’s latest book, A Hundred Little Pieces on the End of the World (University of New Mexico, 2020) is a meditation on teaching, writing, and friendship in an increasingly fragile world. His other books are MFA in a Box: A Why to Write Book (Dream of Things, 2010), his memoir Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley (Vintage 2004, Pantheon 2003), and three short story collections: Sudden Death, Over Time (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2012), Cheerleaders from Gomorrah: Tales from the Lycra Archipelago (Confluence, 1994) and Coyote in the Mountains (Limberlost, 1989). John has also written numerous articles, stories, essays, and columns for publications ranging from Travel and Leisure to Wildlife Conservation to High Desert Journal to The Huffington Post.
John lives in Sawtooth Valley with his wife, Julie.