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Resident Scholars and Artists Lecture Series: William Cobb

When Mar 15, 2016
from 11:45 AM to 01:00 PM
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Resident Scholars and Artists Lecture Series
William Cobb


Into the Invisible World

This novel-in-progress, tentatively titled Into the Invisible World, is a vision of the American West in turmoil, on both a public and a personal level. Set in a fictitious town that has similarities to Los Alamos, New Mexico, the story unfolds during a drought-plagued autumn, when a wildfire breaks out on the nearby mesa, and eventually threatens the town. Climate change lurks in the background, as the American Southwest is an area where the consequences of climate change are already manifesting themselves in dramatic ways, including the increase in the yearly wildfire outbreaks. Into the Invisible World is the third novel in a trilogy that includes my two most recent novels—Goodnight, Texas (2006) and The Bird Saviors (2012)—both of which featured the effects of climate change on our landscape and culture. On a personal level, the main plot revolves around the disappearance of a teenage autistic boy and two brothers who had bullied him. In a greater sense, the lives of these small-town Westerners all seem to unfold in an invisible world, in which their landscape’s “flyover” status makes them less important than urban locales, and the novel itself will attempt to illuminate their drama and importance. 

Light lunch at 11:45 a.m. Presentation starts promptly at 12:00 p.m.