Greg Wrenn, in conversation with Maggie Shipstead, discusses Mothership


Greg Wrenn

Professor Greg Wrenn likes to tell his nature-writing students, "The ecological is personal, and the personal is ecological." What he's never told them is how he's lived out those correspondences to heal from childhood abuse at the hands of his mother.

Weaving together memoir and cutting-edge science, Mothership is not just a queer coming-of-age story. It's a deeply researched account of how coral reefs and a psychedelic tea called ayahuasca helped Greg heal from complex PTSD--a disorder of trust, which makes the very act of bonding with someone else panic-inducing. From the tide pools in Florida where he grew up, to Indonesia's Raja Ampat archipelago and the Amazon rainforest, this is his search for wholeness when talk therapy and pharmaceuticals did little to help. Along the way, as his ecological conscience wakes up, he takes readers underwater to the last pristine reefs on earth, and into the psyche.

Written with prophetic urgency, Mothership ultimately asks if doses of nature will be enough to save us before it's too late. (Regalo Press)

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Mothership: A Memoir of Wonder and Crisis By Greg Wrenn Cover Image
ISBN: 9798888452141
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Regalo Press - March 26th, 2024

You Have a Friend in 10A: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) By Maggie Shipstead Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984897718
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Published: Vintage - April 18th, 2023