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Powell's Books Presents Jeff VanderMeer in Conversation With Hank Green
From the author of Annihilation comes a brilliant speculative thriller of dark conspiracy, endangered species, and the possible end of all things. The security consultant “Jane Smith” receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the note, was a reputed ecoterrorist and the daughter of an Argentine industrialist. By taking the hummingbird from the storage unit, Jane sets in motion a series of events that quickly spiral beyond her control. Soon, Jane and her family are in danger, with few allies to help her make sense of the true scope of the peril. Is the only way to safety to follow in Silvina’s footsteps? Is it too late to stop? As Jane desperately seeks answers about why Silvina contacted her, time is running out — for her and possibly for the world. Hummingbird Salamander (Picador) is Jeff VanderMeer at his dazzling, cinematic best, wrapping profound questions about climate change, identity, and the world we inhabit into a tightly plotted tale full of unexpected twists. VanderMeer will be joined in conversation by Hank Green, author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor.
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Jeff VanderMeer
Jeff VanderMeer is the author of Hummingbird Salamander, Dead Astronauts, Borne, and The Southern Reach Trilogy, the first volume of which, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award and was adapted into a movie by Alex Garland starring Natalie Portman. VanderMeer speaks and writes frequently about issues relating to climate change. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Ann VanderMeer, and their cats, plants, and bird feeders.
Hank Green
Hank Green started making YouTube videos in 2007 with his brother, John. He is now the CEO of Complexly, which produces SciShow, Crash Course, and nearly a dozen other educational YouTube channels. His love of the online community prompted Hank and John to co-found other endeavors, including VidCon, DFTBA.com, and the Project for Awesome. In July 2020, Hank published his novel, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, the sequel to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. Hank and John are currently raising money to dramatically and systematically improve maternal health care in Sierra Leone, where, if trends continue, one in seventeen women will die in childbirth. You can join them at PIH.org/hankandjohn.