Ada Palmer - "Seven Surrenders" - David M. Perry

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Ada Palmer discusses Seven Surrenders: A Novel. She will be joined in conversation by David M. Perry.

At 57th Street Books


About the book: In a future of near-instantaneous global travel, of abundant provision for the needs of all, a future in which no one living can remember an actual war…a long era of stability threatens to come to an abrupt end.

For known only to a few, the leaders of the great Hives, nations without fixed location, have long conspired to keep the world stable, at the cost of just a little blood. A few secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction can ever dominate, and the balance holds. And yet the balance is beginning to give way.

Mycroft Canner, convict, sentenced to wander the globe in service to all, knows more about this conspiracy the than he can ever admit. Carlyle Foster, counselor, sensayer, has secrets as well, and they burden Carlyle beyond description. And both Mycroft and Carlyle are privy to the greatest secret of all: Bridger, the child who can bring inanimate objects to life.

Shot through with astonishing invention, Seven Surrenders is the next movement in one of the great SF epics of our time.

About the author: Ada Palmer is the author of the Terra Ignota novels (Tor Books) and a professor in the history department of the University of Chicago, specializing in Renaissance history and the history of ideas. Her first nonfiction book, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, was published in 2014 by Harvard University Press. She is also a composer of folk and Renaissance-tinged a capella music, most of which she performs with the group Sassafrass.

About the interlocutor: David M. Perry is a disability rights journalist. His work focuses on violence and criminalization, and he's currently writing a book for Beacon Press with the working title: Disability Is Not a Crime (expected Fall 2017).Since 2013, he's published over 200 columns and reported pieces on disability, history, gender, and what you should be watching on TV.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637