Keynote Conversation with Peng Shepherd

Join us for a Keynote Conversation with Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M. The dystopian themes of Shepherd's novel extend beyond the festival as we further our exploration into this year's NEA Big Read selection, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

12-1:00 p.m.
Arvada Center, Ballroom E
$15 ticket (includes admission to the festival)

Peng Shepherd was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet. She earned her MFA in creative writing at New York University and has lived in Beijing; London; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Philidelphia’ and New York City. The Book of M is her first novel.

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Peng Shepherd and The Book of M

Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people who risk everything to save the ones they love. A breathtakingly imaginative post-apocalyptic epic, The Book of M signals the arrival of a significant voice in fantasy.

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and those afflicted gain a strange new power which comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods, until one day when Max’s shadow disappears too. Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.

Like The Passage and Station Eleven, Peng Shepherd’s The Book of M has created a thrilling, timeless story that explores fundamental questions about memory and love-- the price of forgetting, the power of connection and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down.

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