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China Mieville at Public Assembly -- TICKETED EVENT

    06/01/2011 - 8:00pm

    PLEASE NOTE: As of 4pm 6/1, we are no longer processing online orders for tickets to this event. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Please call 718 383 0096 with any questions.

    Don't miss award-winning author China Mieville (The City and the City, Kraken), in conversation with literary critic and author Lev Grossman (The Magicians, Codex) about his new book, Embassytown, an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. Due to high expected attendance for this event and so as many of China's fans can see him as possible, it is ticketed and will be presented at Public Assembly; standing room only, ages 21+. Tickets are $25. Each admits one person and includes one copy of Embassytown; books will be signed at the end of the event! Please be aware that there is no physical ticket; attendees will need to present their IDs at the door to be admitted. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak. Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown after years of deep-space adventure. She cannot speak the Ariekei tongue, but she is an indelible part of it, having long ago been made a figure of speech, a living simile in their language. When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Catastrophe looms, and Avice is torn between competing loyalties—-to a husband she no longer loves, to a system she no longer trusts, and to her place in a language she cannot speak yet speaks through her.