The Indoors Outdoors

And join me for an online book event on Wednesday!

Hi all!

I’m doing my first event for The Great Indoors this week, and I’m really excited about it. On Wednesday, I’ll be having a live Zoom conversation with Mary Roach, the author of NYT-bestselling books Stiff, Spook, Packing for Mars, and more. Annalee Newitz, the author of Four Lost Cities and The Future of Another Timeline, will moderate. We’ll be talking about death, hospital design, and whether open offices have a future in our post-pandemic world.

The event is part of the We Love Bookstores campaign to raise money for independent bookstores, and proceeds will go to Moe’s Bookstore, in Berkeley, California.

Wednesday, May 13

3 PM Eastern / 12 PM Pacific

Register at Eventbrite

The event is pay-what-you-can. Chip in $5 or $10 or $20 if you can, but even if you can’t afford a donation, we’d still absolutely love to have you tune in. No donation is required!

The Indoors Outdoors

As the world begins to slowly re-open, I’ve been fascinated by some of the proposals to try to make public spaces safer. CNN reported on an Amsterdam restaurant that installed “quarantine greenhouses” to keep diners isolated from each other. It sounds dystopian, but there’s something sort of lovely and romantic about the way these structures look, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some of these designs stick around even after this pandemic is over.

Some publications also reported that Italy was considering erecting plexiglass booths for beachgoers. It’s not clear whether this was a serious proposal, but even if it wasn’t, the renderings (some of which I’ve included below) are an amazing testament to the times (and deserve a spot in the 2020 time capsule I’m assembling in my mind):

Coronavirus, box in plexiglass tra gli ombrelloni: "Così garantiamo la sicurezza ma facciamo ripartire il Paese"Coronavirus, box in plexiglass tra gli ombrelloni: "Così garantiamo la sicurezza ma facciamo ripartire il Paese"Coronavirus, box in plexiglass tra gli ombrelloni: "Così garantiamo la sicurezza ma facciamo ripartire il Paese"

Indoor* Ephemera

*and some outdoor

Bonus Interspecies Animal Content

Hope to see you all on Zoom on Wednesday!

Emily

The Great Indoors will be out in June! But you can pre-order it now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, IndieBound, Powells, or your local independent bookstore.

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