Brooke Williams' Open Midnight Book Reading

Date: March 01, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Back of Beyond Books

Price: Free


Brooke Williams' Open Midnight Book Reading

Open Midnight weaves two parallel
stories about the great wilderness. Brooke
Williams’s year alone with his dog
ground-truthing wilderness maps of
southern Utah, and that of his great-greatgreat-
grandfather, who in 1863 made his
way with a group of Mormons from England
across the wilderness to Utah. The book is
also about two levels of history: personal,
as represented by great-great-great-grandfather
William Williams, and collective, as
represented by Charles Darwin, who lived
in Shrewsbury, England, at about the same
time as Williams.

The phrase open midnight, as Williams sees it, evokes
the time between dusk and dawn, between where we
have been and where we are going, and the
unconscious where all possibilities are hidden.