Fort Greene Store:
Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Don Kulick presents A Death in the Rainforest
In conversation with Jessica Bruder
Reception to follow
Internationally-recognized anthropologist Don Kulick takes readers to one of the most remote places in the world to study the ways in which a language is born, lives, and dies. A Death in the Rainforest recounts Kulick’s time studying the rapid decline of Tayap, the native language of Gapun in Papua New Guinea, where he spent 30 years on-and-off living amongst the villagers and learning their way of life. While scholarly in intent, Kulick’s book is, above all, “a profoundly human story about a seemingly exotic and strange place that really isn’t so strange at all.” (Carl Hoffman). Part anthropological study and part memoir, this sweeping narrative is both a profile of a people and an analysis of the forces that continue to chip away at their culture. Kulick presents his book in conversation with award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder, author of Nomadland. A reception will follow to celebrate the book’s launch.