Jazmina Barrera and Philip Hoare: Lighthouses and the Sea
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We’ve teamed up with our friends at Pt. Reyes Books and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association to celebrate the publication of Jazmina Barrera’s On Lighthouses. Jazmina will be joined by Philip Hoare and Stephen Sparks for a conversation about lighthouses, the ocean, and our relationship with peril and safeguarding at the edge of the sea.
About On Lighthouses
Far from home, in the confines of a dim New York apartment where the oppressive skyscrapers further isolate her, Jazmina Barrera offers a tour of her lighthouses–those structures whose message is “first and foremost, that human beings are here.”
Starting with Robert Louis Stevenson’s grandfather, an engineer charged with illuminating the Scottish coastline, On Lighthouses artfully examines lighthouses from the Spanish to the Oregon coasts and those in the works of Virginia Woolf, Edgar Allan Poe, Ingmar Bergman, and many others.
In trying to “collect” lighthouses by obsessively describing them, Barrera begins to question the nature of writing, collecting, and how, by staring so intently at one thing we are only trying to avoid others. Equal parts personal memoir and literary history, On Lighthouses takes the reader on a desperate flight from raging sea to cold stone–from a hopeless isolation to a meaningful one–concluding at last in a place of peace: the home of a selfless, guiding light.