(Author photo by Kyle Cassidy)
I’m thrilled to post my book tour schedule for Borne, my new novel out from MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux in hardcover on April 25. Borne has received glowing, starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, with National Book Award Winner Colson Whitehead providing this great blurb: “Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy was an ever-creeping map of the apocalypse; with Borne he continues his investigation into the malevolent grace of the world, and it’s a thorough marvel.” Paramount and Scott Rudin Productions have acquired the film rights to Borne and the novel made many most-anticipated lists, including from the New York Times.
“Am I a person?” Borne asked me. “Yes, you are a person,” I told him. “But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.”
In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city of the future. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals in homegrown psychoactive biotech. One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump—plant or animal?—but exudes a strange charisma. There is an attachment she resents: in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet, against her instincts, Rachel keeps Borne. She cannot help herself. Borne, learning to speak, learning about the world, is fun to be with, and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing. For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her. She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford. But as Borne grows, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put her security at risk. For new enemies are creeping in. Soon, Rachel’s world will change forever.
Unless otherwise noted, these events will consist of a reading, discussion, and Q&A, followed by a book signing. Please also note some pre-tour events for the Southern Reach trilogy, including Houston, Cornell, Sigma Tau Delta conference in Louisville (w/ guests like Marlon James), and DePaul for Earth Day. I will also introduce Ottessa Moshfegh for an HWS event in Geneva, NY.
I hope to see you on the road! I should also note that my wife, the award-wining editor Ann VanderMeer, will be along for the entire tour and will be happy to say hi as well. You can check out the full schedule below and over at VanderMeer Creative (links below to facebook event pages)
– Best, Jeff