Iowa City native Daniel Raeburn will read from his new book, Vessels: A Love Story.
Based on Raeburn’s acclaimed New Yorker essay, Vessels: A Love Story describes how Dan, a writer with a passion for underground comics, and his wife Bekah, a potter dedicated to traditional Japanese ceramics, were struck by tragedy as they prepared for the birth of their first child. In strong and unadorned prose, Raeburn recounts a marriage cemented by the same events that nearly broke it. Vessels is an unflinching, enormously moving account of intimacy, endurance, and love.
“Daniel Raeburn gets right down to the essentials: life, death, love, loss. There’s not a spare syllable here, and the telegraphic style has the odd effect of amplifying the profound questions the narrative raises, allowing them to resonate fully. Vessels is a beautiful book about the sheer, mysterious contingency of anyone being born at all.” —Alison Bechdel
Daniel Raeburn’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, and The Imp, his series of booklets about underground cartoonists. He and his wife and daughters live in Chicago, where he teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Chicago.