Join The Community Library for a virtual evening with Jordan Salama, author of “Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena.”
An American writer of Argentine, Syrian, and Iraqi Jewish descent, Salama tells the story of the Río Magdalena, nearly one thousand miles long, the heart of Colombia. This is Gabriel García Márquez’s territory—rumor has it Macondo was partly inspired by the port town of Mompox—as much as that of the Middle Eastern immigrants who run fabric stores by its banks.
Following the river from near its source high in the Andes to its mouth on the Caribbean coast, journeying by boat, bus, and improvised motobalinera, Salama writes against stereotype and toward the rich lives of those he meets. Among them are a canoe builder, biologists who study invasive hippopotamuses, a Queens transplant managing a failing hotel, a jeweler practicing the art of silver filigree, and a traveling librarian whose donkeys, Alfa and Beto, haul books to rural children.
Joy, mourning, and humor come together in this astonishing debut, travel writing about a country too often seen as only a site of war, and a tale of lively adventure following a legendary river.
Jordan Salama is a nonfiction writer, journalist, and producer whose work appears regularly in the New York Times and National Geographic magazine, among other publications. His first book, Every Day the River Changes, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2021 and a New York Times Best Travel Book.
This event is fully virtual and will be available to watch live or later at: https://vimeo.com/659719078
Part of the 2022 Winter Read. Read more here: https://comlib.org/programs-and-exhibits/winter-read/