Join us for an evening with author Kathryn Schulz, who will read from her new memoir, Lost & Found. A conversation with author Jane Alison will follow. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.
About the Book: Lost & Found is an enduring account of love and loss from one of the great writers of our time, The New Yorker’s Kathryn Schultz, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Eighteen months before Kathryn Schulz’s beloved father died, she met the woman she would marry. In Lost & Found, she weaves the stories of those relationships into a brilliant exploration of how all our lives are shaped by loss and discovery—from the maddening disappearance of everyday objects to the sweeping devastations of war, pandemic, and natural disaster; from finding new planets to falling in love.
Three very different American families form the heart of Lost & Found: the one that made Schulz’s father, a charming, brilliant, absentminded Jewish refugee; the one that made her partner, an equally brilliant farmer’s daughter and devout Christian; and the one she herself makes through marriage. But Schulz is also attentive to other, more universal kinds of conjunction: how private happiness can coexist with global catastrophe, how we get irritated with those we adore, how love and loss are themselves unavoidably inseparable. The resulting book is part memoir, part guidebook to living in a world that is simultaneously full of wonder and joy and wretchedness and suffering—a world that always demands both our gratitude and our grief.
Kathryn Schulz writes with curiosity, tenderness, erudition, and wit about our finite yet infinitely complicated lives. Crafted with the emotional clarity of C. S. Lewis and the intellectual force of Susan Sontag, Lost & Found is an uncommon book about common experiences.
About the Author: Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Being Wrong. She won a National Magazine Award and a Pulitzer Prize for “The Really Big One,” her article about seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest. Lost & Found grew out of “Losing Streak,” a New Yorker story that was anthologized in The Best American Essays. Her work has also appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Food Writing. A native of Ohio, she lives with her family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
About the Moderator: Jane Alison is the author of a memoir, The Sisters Antipodes, and four novels—The Love-Artist, The Marriage of the Sea, Natives and Exotics, and Nine Island—and is also the translator of Ovid’s stories of sexual transformation, Change Me. Her most recent book, Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative, was listed as a Best of 2019 book by The Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, Publishers Weekly, Poets & Writers, Book Riot, and others. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville. Find out more at janealisonauthor.com.
Lost & Found will be released on January 11. To order the book, please see below for the New Dominion Bookshop book order form or call the shop at 434-295-2552.
"Our lives do indeed deserve and reward the kind of honest, gentle, brilliant scrutiny Schulz brings to bear on her own life. The book is profound and beautiful."
—Marilynne Robinson, author of Housekeeping and Gilead
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