The Caroline Werner Gannett Project 2007-08
Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit

Activist, historian, author


“Other Loves: Public Life and Unsaid Emotions”

When: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 8:00PM
Where: Webb Auditorium (James E. Booth Memorial Building 7A)

Reading & reception

When: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 4:00PM
Where: Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester


Rebecca Solnit is an activist, historian and writer who lives in San Francisco. Her work deals in particular with landscape, cityscapes, cultural geographies, the environment, place, time, speed, memory, photography, metaphor, counter-narratives and the uses of story. Her twelfth book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster comes out in August. The previous eleven include 2007's Storming the Gates of Paradise; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender and Art; 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). A contributing editor to Harper's, she frequently writes for the political site She has worked on antinuclear, antiwar, environmental, indigenous land rights and human rights campaigns and movements over the years.

Links: A Field Guide to Getting Lost  A Paradise Built in Hell  Wanderlust: A History of Walking  River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West  Hope in the Dark