John McPhee with Peter Hessler


photo of John McPhee with Peter Hessler
John McPhee

John McPhee is the author of 28 nonfiction books including Coming into the Country, The Control of Nature, and Assembling California. His seminal Annals of the Former World, for which he won the...

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photo of John McPhee with Peter Hessler
Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he served as the Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007, and is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He is the author of River...

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About this Event

John McPhee: Annals of the Former World (book cover)

The poles of the earth have wandered. The equator has apparently moved. The continents, perched on their plates, are thought to have been carried so very far and to be going in so many directions that it seems an act of almost pure hubris to assert that some landmark of our world is fixed at 73 degrees 57 minutes and 53 seconds west longitude and 40 degrees 51 minutes and 14 seconds north latitude—a temporary description, at any rate, as if for a boat on the sea.

- From Annals of the Former World: Book 1

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John McPhee read from his work, then joined in conversation with Peter Hessler | Duration: 1:26:27

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John McPhee read from his work, introduction by Peter Hessler

John McPhee joined in conversation with Peter Hessler


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