Meet the Authors | Jesmyn Ward and Rebecca Solnit

Here's a closer look at the authors of this month's discussion books, The Mother of All Questions and The Fire This Time. Stay tuned for our next episode about essay collections, which comes out next week!

Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward is the author of Where the Line Bleeds, Salvage the Bones, and Men We Reaped. She is a former Stegner Fellow (Stanford University) and Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is an associate professor of Creative Writing at Tulane University.

Primary Works

  • Where the Line Bleeds

  • Salvage the Bones

  • Men We Reaped

  • The Fire This Time (Editor)

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing


Rebecca Solnit

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including a trilogy of atlases and the books The Mother of All Questions, Hope in the Dark, Men Explain Things to Me; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). 


Some Primary Works

  • Wanderlust: A History of Walking

  • Hope in the Dark

  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost

  • Men Explain Things to Me

  • The Mother of All Questions


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