Library Author Series: Pam Houston & Amy Irvine
Spend an evening in conversation with Pam Houston and Amy Irvine as they share their new book, Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place
As the nation emerges from months of quarantine to a crucial election season, Pam Houston and Amy Irvine talk about their book collaboration and the necessity of fierce friendship, the fight for social justice, and stepping into the power we have to create a healthier, gentler, and more compassionate planet.
When the state of Colorado ordered its residents to shelter in place in response to the spread of coronavirus, award-winning writers Houston and Irvine—who had never met—began a correspondence based on their shared devotion to the rugged, windswept mountains that surround their homes, one on either side of the Continental Divide. As the numbers of infected and dead rose and the nation split dangerously over the crisis, Houston and Irvine found their letters to one another nearly as necessary as breath. Part tribute to wilderness, part indictment against tyranny and greed, Air Mail reveals the evolution of a friendship that galvanizes as it chronicles a strange new world.
Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights, says: “This epistolary exchange, which becomes a friendship, and then a fierce and loving sistership, reminds us that solidarity, by which maybe I really mean love, emerges in conversation—in listening, in asking, in sharing, in wondering, in sorrowing, in raging, in attempting, in dreaming. In dreaming together, with each other, and for each other. This takes practice, and it takes care. Pam Houston and Amy Irvine’s Air Mail is evidence of that practice. It is evidence, and a seed, of that care.”