Jeff VanderMeer BORNE Tour Schedule

(Author photo by Kyle Cassidy)

“A dizzying thrill-ride of a book, reader-friendly and immersive, by turns hilarious, harrowing and heartbreaking in perfect measure.” – The National Post

“A thorough marvel.” – Colson Whitehead

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 full-length reviews in The New Yorker, Bookforum, The National Post, and many more–as well as starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, 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.

You can order from your favorite book seller.

“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. But also I’ll be bringing along this cool woodcut by Theo Ellsworth, based on scenes from Borne.

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. She will also interrogate me at some events! You can check out the full schedule below (links to facebook event pages).

– Best, Jeff



DEKALB, ILLINOIS: NIU Library / DeKalb Public Library
April 24 @ 7:30 pm, DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street
Reading, in conversation with Ann VanderMeer, Q&A
(Sponsored by NIU STEM Outreach, with thanks to DeKalb Public Library and Anderson’s Bookshop)

CHICAGO: Volumes Book Cafe
April 26 @ 7:00 pm, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Avenue
Reading, in conversation with Jac Jemc, Q&A

MINNEAPOLIS: Grace Trinity Memorial Church (with Benjamin Percy)
April 27 @ 7:00 pm, Grace-Trinity Church, 1430 West 28th Street
Reading, in conversation with Benjamin Percy, Q&A
Presented by Magers & Quinn Booksellers

BOSTON: Brookline Booksmith
May 1 @ 7:00 pm, 279 Harvard Street
Reading, in conversation with Annie Hartnett, Q&A

JERSEY CITY: Word Bookstore
May 3 @ 7:30 pm, 123 Newark Avenue
Reading, in conversation with Ann VanderMeer (UH OH!), Q&A

NEW YORK CITY: PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL, Gender, Power, and Authoritarianism Panel (ticketed)
May 4 @ 6:30 pm, New School Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
(with Marge Piercy, Alice Sola Kim, Namwali SerpellBasma Abdel Aziz)

NEW YORK CITY: PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL, Dystopias Panel (ticketed event)
May 5 @ 7:00 pm, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street
(with Clare Vaye Watkins and Emily St. John Mandel)

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Politics & Prose Bookstore
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Reading, in conversation with Ann VanderMeer (UH OH!), Q&A

SEATTLE: University Bookstore
May 10 @ 7:00 pm, 4326 University Way NE
Reading, in conversation with Daphne Durham (from MCD Books)

PORTLAND, OR: Powell’s City of Books
May 11 @ 7:30 pm, 1005 West Burnside Street
Reading, in conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch

POINT REYES STATION, CA: Point Reyes Books (***BONUS = Lighthouse)
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Point Reyes Books, 11315 Highway 1
Reading, in conversation with Ann VanderMeer

SAN FRANCISCO: Green Apple Books on the Park (with SF in SF sponsorship)
May 16 @ 7:30 pm, 1231 9th Ave
Reading, in conversation with Robin Sloan, Q&A

SANTA CRUZ: Bookshop Santa Cruz
May 17 @ 7:00 pm, ADDRESS
Reading, in conversation with Karen Joy Fowler, Q&A

LOS ANGELES: The Last Bookstore
May 18 @ 7:00 pm, 453 South Spring Street
Reading, in conversation with Brian Evenson, Q&A

AUSTIN: BookPeople
May 21 @ 3:00 pm, 603 N. Lamar

HOUSTON: Brazos Bookstore
May 22 @ 7:00 pm, 2421 Bissonnet St
Reading, in conversation with Timothy Morton, Q&A

TALLAHASSEE: Midtown Reader
May 24 @ 5:30 pm, 1123 Thomasville Road

ORLANDO: Functionally Literate
May 27 @ 7:15 pm, venue TBD, sponsored by Burrow Press & Bookmark It

TAMPA: Oxford Exchange
May 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, 420 W Kennedy Blvd
Reading and in conversation with scientist and debut novelist Weike Wang (author of “Chemistry)

THOMASVILLE, GA: The Bookshelf
June 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 126 South Broad Street

Later in 2017: The Guggenheim, The Strand, Hub City Bookshop, World SF Convention in Helsinki, Decatur Book Festival, and others TBD.

2 comments on “Jeff VanderMeer BORNE Tour Schedule

  1. Sam MB says:

    What a great tour. Emily St. John Mandel in NYC, Karen Joy Fowler in Santa Clara, some great folks at Hub City I’m sure. If that “TBD” doesn’t end up including a trip back to the Triangle this year, hopefully this really is the year that I make it down to Spartanburg!

  2. John Scotus Eriugena the Younger says:

    We wish you were coming to Portland, Maine. We’ve plenty of lighthouses and no dearth of uncanny phenomena, UFO sightings, and cryptozoological creatures.

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