All Iowa Reads Virtual Author Visit

2023-05-26 13:00:10

Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00pm

Join Sequoia Nagamatsu, author of this year's All Iowa Reads title, and a moderator from the All Iowa Reads Committee as they chat about the 2023 selection, "Haw High We Go In the Dark." Everyone is welcome at this special, free event. Reading the book in advance is encouraged, but not required. The State Library is sponsoring these conversations to give all Iowans a chance to hear from All Iowa Reads authors about their books and creative processes, and to ask questions about the title.

About the Book:

How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

In 2030, a grieving archeologist arrives in the Arctic Circle to continue the work of his recently deceased daughter at the Batagaika Crater, where researchers are studying long-buried secrets now revealed in melting permafrost, including the perfectly preserved remains of a girl who appears to have died of an ancient virus.

Once unleashed, the Arctic plague will reshape life on Earth for generations to come, quickly traversing the globe, forcing humanity to devise a myriad of moving and inventive ways to embrace possibility in the face of tragedy. In a theme park designed for terminally ill children, a cynical employee falls in love with a mother desperate to hold on to her infected son. A heartbroken scientist searching for a cure finds a second chance at fatherhood when one of his test subjects—a pig—develops the capacity for human speech. A widowed painter and her teenage granddaughter embark on a cosmic quest to locate a new home planet. 

From funerary skyscrapers to hotels for the dead to interstellar starships, Sequoia Nagamatsu takes readers on a wildly original and compassionate journey, spanning continents, centuries, and even celestial bodies to tell a story about the resilience of the human spirit, our infinite capacity to dream, and the connective threads that tie us all together in the universe.

Cover of the book 'How High We Go in the Dark' by Sequoia Nagamatsu