Wednesday, Mar 01, 2023 6:00p -

Boston Public Library: Rabb Lecture Hall
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

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Writer and journalist Laura Bliss will discuss her recent book, The Quarantine Atlas: Mapping Global Life Under COVID-19, which explores reader-submitted maps of their lives during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Sculptor and graphic designer Rajiv Raman will join the conversation, which will be moderated by Garnette Cadogan, who is the Tunney Lee Distinguished Lecturer in Urbanism at the School of Architecture and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Following the talk, there will be time for audience Q&A, and the program will conclude at 7 PM with an author signing facilitated by Porter Square Books.

To attend, please register here.

About the book

In April 2020, Bloomberg CityLab journalists Laura Bliss and Jessica Martin asked readers to submit homemade maps of their lives during the coronavirus pandemic. The response was illuminating and inspiring. The 400+ maps and accompanying stories received served as windows into what individuals around the world were experiencing during the crisis and its resonant social consequences. Collectively, these works showed how coronavirus has transformed the places we live, and our relationships to them. In The Quarantine Atlas, Bliss distills these submissions and pairs them with essays by writers including Jenny Odell, Destiny Thomas and Geoff Manaugh, as well as notes from the original mapmakers. The result is an enduring visual record of this unprecedented moment in human history. It is also a celebration of the act of mapping and the ways maps can help us connect and heal from our shared experience. Read more about the CityLab project and see reader-submitted maps here.

About the author

Laura Bliss is a writer and journalist who covers cities and the environment. A reporter and editor on staff at Bloomberg CityLab, she also authors the newsletter MapLab, which explores how maps illuminate the world around us. In 2022 she published the book The Quarantine Atlas and hosted the narrative podcast series Bedrock, USA with Bloomberg Media and iHeart Radio. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, BusinessweekWildsam Field Guides: California, and many other publications. She hails from Los Angeles and currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where she is a 2022-2023 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About the additional speaker

Rajiv Raman is a sculptor and a graphic designer whose work frequently takes inspiration from subway maps. He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife and their two children.

About the moderator

Garnette Cadogan is the Tunney Lee Distinguished Lecturer in Urbanism at the School of Architecture and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research and writing explores the promise and perils of urban life, the vitality and inequality of cities, and the challenges of pluralism.

This program is presented in by the Boston Public Library and the Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library (LMEC). To learn more about LMEC, visit their website.

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