Jeff VanderMeer presents "Hummingbird Salamander," with Lydia Millet

April 6, 2021, 7:30 PM

Jeff VanderMeer joins us to present his new novel, Hummingbird Salamander, in conversation with Lydia Millet. A limited number of signed bookplates will be available for early purchasers. This program will take place on Zoom. Register here:

From the author of Annihilation, a brilliant speculative thriller of dark conspiracy, endangered species, and the possible end of all things.

Security consultant “Jane Smith” receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the note, is a reputed ecoterrorist and the daughter of an Argentine industrialist. By taking the hummingbird from the storage unit, Jane sets in motion a series of events that quickly spin beyond her control.

Soon, Jane and her family are in danger, with few allies to help her make sense of the true scope of the peril. Is the only way to safety to follow in Silvina’s footsteps? Is it too late to stop? As she desperately seeks answers about why Silvina contacted her, time is running out—for her and possibly for the world.

Hummingbird Salamander is Jeff VanderMeer at his brilliant, cinematic best, wrapping profound questions about climate change, identity, and the world we live in into a tightly plotted thriller full of unexpected twists and elaborate conspiracy.


Jeff VanderMeer is the author of Dead Astronauts, Borne, and The Southern Reach Trilogy, the first volume of which, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award and was adapted into a movie by Alex Garland. He speaks and writes frequently about issues relating to climate change as well as urban rewilding. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, on the edge of a ravine, with his wife, Ann VanderMeer, and their cat, Neo.

Lydia Millet has written more than a dozen novels and story collections, often about the ties between people and other animals. Her 2020 novel A Children’s Bible was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction and one of The New York Times Book Review’s Best 10 Books of 2020. In 2019 she received a short-fiction Award of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2010 her story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She also writes essays, opinion pieces and other ephemera and has been an editor and writer at the Center for Biological Diversity, a group dedicated to fighting extinction and climate change, since 1999. She lives in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona.