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Rebecca Solnit 

When: Wed., June 26, 7-8:30 p.m. 2013
Price: free

Longtime San Francisco resident Rebecca Solnit is one of those few gifted essayists who can seamlessly link together issues as disparate as the environment, politics, art, and -- her particular favorite -- place, all without giving you any indication that those things aren't usually discussed so easily in the same breath. Her new book, The Faraway Nearby, is the follow-up to her much-beloved compendium of essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, and focuses loosely around the theme of storytelling. Solnit weaves together fairy tales, feats of arctic explorers, potent anecdotes from her own life, and more, but it's the larger picture she creates that's truly powerful. Join the author as she discusses her book at Montclair Presbyterian Church (5701 Thornhill Dr., Oakland).

— Azeen Ghorayshi

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