Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of Love and Ruin: Tales of Obsession, Danger, and Heartbreak, from The Atavist magazine, the trailblazing leader in longform narrative writing. Atavist editor Evan Ratliff will be in conversation with journalist Jennifer Kahn, with book sales and signing to follow.
Since its founding in 2011, The Atavist has garnered an unprecedented eight National Magazine Award nominations and was the first all-digital publication to win in feature writing. This collection presents the finest examples of a new kind of nonfiction storytelling as practiced by a young generation of longform experts. These extraordinary stories of crime, passion, and adventure include Leslie Jamison’s landmark portrait of a lonely whale named “52 Blue,” Matthew Shaer’s harrowing account of a shipwreck during Hurricane Sandy, and James Verini’s prize-winning tale of romance and courage in Afghanistan.
The fascinating and original writing in Love and Ruin demonstrates why The Atavist has become the leader in publishing “remarkable...can’t look away pieces of multimedia journalism” (The New York Times).