Tattered Cover Bookstore, 6/3 at 6:30pm MT: In Conversation with John Cotter * Denver, CO (Virtual)
Delighted to be in virtual conversation with writer and teacher John Cotter at Denver’s famed Tattered Cover Bookstore!
Tattered Cover welcomes author M. Leona Godin on Thursday June 3rd at 6:30pm MT to discuss her new book, There Plant Eyes. She will be in conversation with John Cotter.
From Homer to Helen Keller, from Dune to Stevie Wonder, from the invention of braille to the science of echolocation, M. Leona Godin explores the fascinating history of blindness, interweaving it with her own story of gradually losing her sight.
There Plant Eyes probes the ways in which blindness has shaped our ocularcentric culture, challenging deeply ingrained ideas about what it means to be “blind.” For millennia, blindness has been used to signify such things as thoughtlessness (“blind faith”), irrationality (“blind rage”), and unconsciousness (“blind evolution”). But at the same time, blind people have been othered as the recipients of special powers as compensation for lost sight (from the poetic gifts of John Milton to the heightened senses of the comic book hero Daredevil).
Godin—who began losing her vision at age ten—illuminates the often-surprising history of both the condition of blindness and the myths and ideas that have grown up around it over the course of generations. She combines an analysis of blindness in art and culture (from King Lear to Star Wars) with a study of the science of blindness and key developments in accessibility (the white cane, embossed printing, digital technology) to paint a vivid personal and cultural history.
John Cotter is the author of a memoir, Losing Music, forthcoming from Milkweed Editions, and Under the Small Lights, winner of the Miami University Press novella contest. His essays, theater pieces, and fiction have appeared, or will appear soon, in New England Review, Raritan, Georgia Review, Guernica, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Washington Square, Bookforum, and Commonweal. He teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado.
A genre-defying work, There Plant Eyes reveals just how essential blindness and vision are to humanity’s understanding of itself and the world.
Registration includes access to this live stream event the night of the event, before it is posted on Tattered Cover’s YouTube Channel, two days after.
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— Presentation begins at 6:30pm MT
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Live Stream with M. Leona Godin in conversation with John Cotter starts on Thu, Jun 3, 2021 6:30 PM MDT
General Admission: Free