Thursday, October 12

Preeminent climate change writer Elizabeth Rush and her highly anticipated new book, The Quickening

“Elizabeth Rush’s The Quickening is one part memoir, one part reporting from the edge—think Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction—a book that feels as though it was written from the brink. In this case the extreme scenario is literal: Rush, a journalist, joins a crew of scientists aboard a ship headed for a glacier in Antarctica that is, like much of the poles, rapidly disappearing. The book brings the environmental crisis into a personal sphere, asking what it means to have a child in the face of such catastrophic change. [. . .] Rush writes with clarity and precision, giving a visceral sense of everything from the gear required to traverse an arctic landscape to the interior landscape of a woman facing change both global and immediate.”

Vogue, “Most Anticipated Books of 2023”


Thursday, October 12, 2023

Machine Shop
300 Second Street Southeast | Minneapolis 55414

6:00 p.m. Social hour
7:00 p.m. Dinner & program

Join fellow book lovers for a social hour with drinks from Surly Brewing and Vikre Distillery, pop-up bookstore, seated dinner, inspiring program, and live auction—all in celebration and support of transformative books. 


Bruce Silcox

Images from the 2022 Book Lovers Ball with U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón.
Thank you to last year’s attendees and sponsors!

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An environmentally conscious event

Milkweed is committed to ecological stewardship. In addition to publishing books that explore our relationship with the more-than-human world, we strive to use the most sustainable production practices and to reduce the impact of our operations in the environment. Events are historically wasteful, but we are working closely with our partners to plan and execute a Book Lovers Ball that minimizes waste and reduces carbon emissions. This includes:

Eliminating single-use items
Composting or recycling all event materials
Using sustainable materials in all decor
Encouraging carpooling and public transportation use for staff and guests
Utilizing in-season and locally grown food and carefully gauging portions
Understanding our overall carbon footprint and reducing wherever possible


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