NYRB Lit—our very new, ebook-only, cousin imprint—is hosting its first event with Zena el Khalil, author of Beirut, I Love You, at powerHouse Arena in Dumbo, Brooklyn tomorrow at 7 pm. It’s a ticketed event ($5) but also includes film director Gigi Roccati and fellow TED fellow tap dancer Andrew J. Nemr. Should be fun!
I knew that lightning strikes about ten million times each day. I knew that at any given moment more than two thousands thunderstorms are crackling across the planet. We can watch them from our satellites and calculate their number. We can estimate the voltage carried by each of the hundred, inch-thick lightning bolts that leap through the atmosphere every second. I knew that they singe the air, briefly, at temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun. But what I mostly knew was that in a thunderstorm the inside of a metal vehicle is a safe enough place to be.
—from Linsday Clarke’s The Water Theatre. The first book in the NYRB Lit series which goes on-sale today. In it, war reporter Martin Crowther has just arrived in Umbria to fulfill a mission for his old friend Hal Brigshaw. He’s headed to the town of Fontanalba to convince Hal’s children to come back home after years of estranged exile, and is greeted by a thunderstorm.
Congrats to NYRB Lit on their first (e-)book!