SECRET LIFE is an uncanny and eye-opening journey into a mysterious building, adapted by Theo Ellsworth from a short story by Jeff VanderMeer. The two authors will be in conversation at 5:30 PST / 8:30 ET.
This launch is co-presented by Los Angeles's Skylight Books, Toronto's The Beguiling Books and Art, and Montreal's Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. If you purchase a copy of SECRET LIFE from any of these places it will come with a bookplate signed by both authors.
Theo Ellsworth is a self-taught artist living in Montana. His previously published comics include Capacity, The Understanding Monster, Sleeper Car, and An Exorcism. The New York Times once called his work "imagination at firehose intensity." He has been the recipient of the Lynd Ward Honor Book Prize and an Artist Innovation Award. He loves creative collaboration, cooking, and making family folk art with his kids. He is constantly making invisible performance art in his head that no one will ever see.
Jeff VanderMeer is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Southern Reach Trilogy, the first volume of which, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award for best novel and was adapted into a movie by Alex Garland. His novels set in the Borne universe are being adapted for TV by AMC, and Netflix has optioned his next novel, Hummingbird Salamander, for film. Called “the weird Thoreau” by The New Yorker, VanderMeer speaks and writes frequently about issues relating to climate change as well as urban rewilding. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, on the edge of a ravine, with his wife, Ann VanderMeer, and their cat, Neo.