Everything Sings: Denis Wood in conversation with Los Angeles Times Book Critic, David Ulin

When: Back to Calendar » April 11, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Last Bookstore is pleased to host the Los Angeles book launch for the second edition of Denis Wood‘s Everything Sings (Siglio Press), newly expanded and revised with an introduction by Ira Glass, ten new maps, original essays by Albert Mobilio and Ander Monson, and an interview with author Denis Wood by Blake Butler.

The evening will feature a conversation between Denis Wood and Los Angeles Times Book Critic, David Ulin: Two writers with equally critical and imaginative faculties will dig into Wood’s process and influences as well the myriad connections his mapmaking draws between seemingly disparate things.



About Everything Sings (Second Edition, Siglio Press):

Iconoclastic geographer Denis Wood has created an atlas unlike any other. Investigating the often unseen powers that shape the places we live, Wood locates the revelatory in the overlooked and the seemingly insignificant—the light cast by street lamps, Halloween pumpkins on porches, radio waves, wind chimes, the paperboy’s route in space and time— as he surveys Boylan Heights, his century-old, half-square-mile neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Illuminating the relationships between social class, cultural rituals, what’s built on the land, and the landscape itself, Wood’s maps joyfully subvert traditional cartography, not only by stripping away the “map crap” (scale, orientation, street grids, etc.) but also by challenging the entrenched idea that a map conveys a single, static, and objective truth. As the maps accumulate, the specificity of “the local” yields a complex, universal story about our neighborhoods, how they transform us, and how we understand the nature of “place” and of those places we call home.

The first edition of Everything Sings (now sold out) reached a fervently enthusiastic and eclectic audience, inspiring writers, artists, architects, designers, geographers, teachers, scholars, and general readers alike.

This expanded and revised edition includes ten new maps (including Dogs, Barking Dogs, Roof Lines, and Stories) made with the same rigor, wit, and irreverence of those in the first edition. Driven by a “poetics of cartography,” all of the maps in Everything Sings find elegant visual forms that shape information into story, conjure the experience of place, and complicate it with poetic resonance as well as the awareness of the fleetingness of the maps them- selves. Wood’s maps have “fingerprints”: imagination, narrative potential, and a gamut of subjective arguments that interrogate the personal to the political.