What once began as a meditation on mortality after the loss of her husband has led NPR reporter Margot Adler (All Things Considered
) into a deep dissection of our cultural fascination with vampires. Reading more than 270 vampire-centric novels as part of her research, Adler found herself exploring issues of power, politics, morality and identity -- coming to a number of fascinating conclusions about our obsession with these undead creatures along the way. Her resulting book, Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side
, is a literate, thought-provoking and imaginative piece of work. Following the evening's conversation, Adler will be available to sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase at the event.
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