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Cai Emmons’s book party for her new book WEATHER WOMAN at Oregon Contemporary Theater
October 14 • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
“Grounded in both awe and science, aching with wonder, and written with the dazzling surprise of a double rainbow… Emmons is a natural literary force to be reckoned with.” —Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World and the New York Times bestsellers Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow
More on the book: Bronwyn Artair is an atmospheric scientist feeling out of place in her graduate program, her relationships, and her life. Fleeing MIT for rural New Hampshire, where she works as a meteorologist at a local TV station, Bronwyn suddenly develops an unusual power.
One day during a hike by the ocean, she becomes connected with the weather itself…. she’s able to stop tornados and fires, hear ants walking across a log, and to influence the very thing she reports on. Unsure to whom to reveal her secret, and how to best use her newfound power, Bronwyn embarks on a journey of self-discovery that takes her around the world and all the way to Siberia where climatologists are studying methane emissions at the Arctic Cloud Project. As she seeks answers to these questions, she travels to Kansas to see the tornado maverick she thought was her mentor; falls in love with Matt, the tabloid journalist who has come to investigate her; feels called to visit the fires raging out of control in Los Angeles; and eventually voyages with Matt and Dr. Fenwick to the methane fields of Siberia near the Arctic Sea.
WEATHER WOMAN balances emotion with humor and a unique blend of accurate science and modern magic. Bronwyn’s story poses questions about women and power, logic and intuition, and what our damaged planet needs from all of us right now.
Cai Emmons is also the author of the novels His Mother’s Son and The Stylist. A graduate of Yale University, with MFAs from New York University and the University of Oregon, Emmons is formerly a playwright and screenwriter. Her short work has appeared in such publications as TriQuarterly, Narrative and Arts and Culture, among others. She teaches in the University of Oregon’s Creative Writing Program.