Fort Greene store:
Tuesday, January 8, 7:30 PM
Book launch: Doug Bock Clark presents The Last Whalers: Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Vanishing Way of Life
In conversation with Leslie Jamison
Wine reception to follow
Award-winning journalist Doug Bock Clark tells the stunning inside story of the Lamalerans, an ancient tribe of 1,500 hunter-gatherers who live on a remote volcanic island known by other Indonesians as “The Land Left Behind.” They have survived for centuries by taking whales with bamboo harpoons, but now are being pushed toward collapse by the encroachment of the outside world. Clark, who lived with the Lamalerans across three years, weaves together their stories with novelistic flair to usher us inside this hidden drama. With brilliant, breathtaking prose and empathetic, fast-paced storytelling, he details how the fragile dreams of one of the world’s dwindling indigenous peoples are colliding with the irresistible upheavals of our rapidly transforming world. Clark presents his work in conversation with acclaimed novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison, followed by a wine reception to celebrate the book’s launch.