Jan 11, 2019

Live celebration in NYC: Figuring with Elizabeth Gilbert

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Hello, Tee. This is quick one-time (and, as of this moment, once-in-a-lifetime) announcement. The regular weekly newsletter will return on Sunday, as usual. Have a splendid weekend!

Live Special in NYC: Figuring with Elizabeth Gilbert


I have composed a book, Figuring – a book that, and as I noted in my initial announcement last autumn, only took twelve years of Brain Pickings and the most beautiful, difficult, disorienting experience of my personal life. It enters the world on February 4, but I will not be doing any interviews, readings, speaking, or other public appearances related to it, except for a single celebration at the wondrous nonprofit cultural institute Pioneer Works on February 8 – a conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert, one of the most splendid writers and splendid humans I know, about the themes woven throughout Figuring: the complexities, varieties, and contradictions of love, and the human search for truth, meaning, and transcendence. (More about the aboutness of the book here.)

Tickets are priced at $29 — the number of chapters in the book — with all proceeds benefiting Pioneer Works' endeavor to build New York City's first-ever public observatory.

Signed copies of both of our books will be available, as will a special limited edition of 50 signed, numbered copies of Figuring made exclusively for Pioneer Works, also benefitting the observatory.

February 8, 2019
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Doors at 6PM, conversation at 7PM. General admission. Seating is first come, first served.


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