Andrew Leland, in conversation with Rachel Khong, discusses The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight

Author Andrew Leland event details for August 7th at 7pm

We meet Andrew Leland as he's suspended in the liminal state of the soon-to-be blind: he's midway through his life with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that ushers those who live with it from sightedness to blindness over years, even decades. He grew up with full vision, but starting in his teenage years, his sight began to degrade from the outside in, such that he now sees the world as if through a narrow tube. Soon--but without knowing exactly when--he will likely have no vision left.

Full of apprehension but also dogged curiosity, Leland embarks on a sweeping exploration of the state of being that awaits him: not only the physical experience of blindness but also its language, politics, and customs. He negotiates his changing relationships with his wife and son, and with his own sense of self, as he moves from his mainstream, "typical" life to one with a disability. Part memoir, part historical and cultural investigation, The Country of the Blind represents Leland's determination not to merely survive this transition but to grow from it--to seek out and revel in that which makes blindness enlightening.

Thought-provoking and brimming with warmth and humor, The Country of the Blind is a deeply personal and intellectually exhilarating tour of a way of being that most of us have never paused to consider--and from which we have much to learn. (Penguin Press)



Event date: 
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight By Andrew Leland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984881427
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Penguin Press - July 18th, 2023
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