Salon with Kathryn Davis, Silk Road

**Please note that due to family emergency, Kathryn Davis will not be able to attend this Salon event. We have closed RSVPs at this time, and for those guests already confirmed, we will still host a gathering for The Silk Road where poet Louise Gluck will read and bookseller Josh Cook will lead a discussion. Please keep an eye out for our next Salon event or get in touch with if you're interesting in hosting one yourself!**

Please join Porter Square Books at our new reading series! Our second event in the series, our Salon events feature an up-close-and-personal evening where you'll have a chance to meet, mingle and hear from an author over light refreshments in a local Porter Square Books community member's own home.

Kathryn Davis' The Silk Road is a spellbinding novel about transience and mortality, by one of the most original voices in American literature.

The Silk Road begins on a mat in yoga class, deep within a labyrinth on a settlement somewhere in the icy north, under the canny guidance of Jee Moon. When someone fails to arise from corpse pose, the Astronomer, the Archivist, the Botanist, the Keeper, the Topologist, the Geographer, the Iceman, and the Cook remember the paths that brought them there—paths on which they still seem to be traveling.

The Silk Road also begins in rivalrous skirmishing for favor, in the protected Eden of childhood, and it ends in the harrowing democracy of mortality, in sickness and loss and death. Kathryn Davis’s sleight of hand brings the past, present, and future forward into brilliant coexistence; in an endlessly shifting landscape, her characters make their way through ruptures, grief, and apocalypse, from existence to nonexistence, from embodiment to pure spirit.

Since the beginning of her extraordinary career, Davis has been fascinated by journeys. Her books have been shaped around road trips, walking tours, hegiras, exiles: and now, in this triumphant novel, a pilgrimage. The Silk Road is her most explicitly allegorical novel and also her most profound vehicle; supple and mesmerizing, the journey here is not undertaken by a single protagonist but by a community of separate souls—a family, a yoga class, a generation. Its revelations are ravishing and desolating.

Porter Square Books' Salon reading series is a new endeavour aiming to revive the salons of old--events where people would invite artists, writers, musicians, and other intellectuals into their homes and then invite their friends or their community in for an evening of performance, discussion, and conversation. In many places, the salons were the intellectual and cultural centers of their communities. As booksellers, we often have the opportunity to spend time with authors and just a handful of other dinner guests, sparking all manner of interesting discussions, and we wanted to bring this experience to you, our customers! (Interested to host? Reach out to for more information!)

Event date: 

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Somerville/Cambridge, MA
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ISBN: 9781555978297
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019