Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome Stephen Markley—author of the national bestseller and widely acclaimed debut Ohio—to our Ravenna store! Markley will be discussing his latest book, The Deluge, a highly-researched environmental novel 10 years in the making.
Markley will be joined in conversation with local journalist and podcaster David Roberts. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.
Copies of The Deluge will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!
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From the bestselling author of Ohio, a masterful American epic charting a near future approaching collapse and a nascent but strengthening solidarity.
In the first decades of the 21st century, the world is convulsing, its governments mired in gridlock while a patient but unrelenting ecological crisis looms. America is in upheaval, battered by violent weather and extreme politics. In California in 2013, Tony Pietrus, a scientist studying deposits of undersea methane, receives a death threat. His fate will become bound to a stunning cast of characters—a broken drug addict, a star advertising strategist, a neurodivergent mathematician, a cunning eco-terrorist, an actor turned religious zealot, and a brazen young activist named Kate Morris, who, in the mountains of Wyoming, begins a project that will alter the course of the decades to come.
From the Gulf Coast to Los Angeles, the Midwest to Washington, DC, their intertwined odysseys unfold against a stark backdrop of accelerating chaos as they summon courage, galvanize a nation, fall to their own fear, and find wild hope in the face of staggering odds. As their stories hurtle toward a spectacular climax, each faces a reckoning: what will they sacrifice to salvage humanity’s last chance at a future? A singular achievement, The Deluge is a once-in-a-generation novel that meets the moment as few works of art ever have.
“A ferocious, spectacular achievement. A masterful beast of intellect and heart.?Markley should take his place as a visionary of our time.”
—Merritt Tierce, author of Love Me Back
“A major achievement, bountifully imagined. Unquestionably one of the best novels to grapple with the climate crisis. I am haunted by it.”
—Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead
“A stunning and comprehensive view of a future that is both impressively imagined and terrifyingly imminent.”
—Fatima Farheen Mirza, author of A Place For Us
“Engrossing and timely. A towering achievement in style and substance that is at once timeless and impossibly urgent.”
—Ben Philippe, author of Charming as a Verb
Stephen Markley is the acclaimed author of Ohio, which NPR called a “masterpiece.” A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Markley’s other books include the memoir Publish This Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland.
David Roberts is a journalist who has covered clean energy and climate politics for 18 years, first at Grist.org, then at Vox.com, and now for his own newsletter/podcast Volts.wtf. He lives in Seattle.
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