New CLSC Selection Announced: How Far the Light Reaches

How Far the Light Reaches by Sabrina Imbler, with CLSC badgeChautauqua Institution's Department of Education has announced How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures, by Sabrina Imbler, as a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for Week Eight of the 2024 Summer Assembly Season.

 

A queer, mixed-race writer working in a largely white, male field, science and conservation journalist Sabrina Imbler has always been drawn to the mystery of life in the sea, and particularly to creatures living in hostile or remote environments. Each essay in their debut collection profiles one such creature, including: the mother octopus who starves herself while watching over her eggs, the Chinese sturgeon whose migration route has been decimated by pollution and dams, the bizarre, predatory Bobbitt worm (named after Lorena), the common goldfish that flourishes in the wild, and more.  

 

Imbler discovers that some of the most radical models of family, community, and care can be found in the sea, from gelatinous chains that are both individual organisms and colonies of clones to deep-sea crabs that have no need for the sun, nourished instead by the chemicals and heat throbbing from the core of the Earth. Exploring themes of adaptation, survival, sexuality, and care, and weaving the wonders of marine biology with stories of their own family, relationships, and coming of age, How Far the Light Reaches Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science & Technology and a Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award is a shimmering, otherworldly debut that attunes us to new visions of our world and its miracles.    

 

Sabrina Imbler is a staff writer at the worker-owned site Defector, where they cover creatures and the natural world. Their first full-length book, How Far the Light Reaches, won a Los Angeles Times book prize in science and technology. Their chapbook, Dyke (geology), was published by Black Lawrence Press, and was selected for the National Book Foundation Science + Literature Program. Sabrina lives in Brooklyn with their partner, cats Melon and Sesame, and a school of fish. 

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Published: Back Bay Books - January 9th, 2024

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Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 6th, 2022