Jordan Salama: Every Day the River Changes

BSB is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Jordan Salama for a presentation on his book Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena.

An American writer of Argentine, Syrian, and Iraqi Jewish descent, Jordan Salama tells the story of the Río Magdalena, nearly one thousand miles long, the heart of Colombia. This is Gabriel García Márquez’s territory—rumor has it Macondo was partly inspired by the port town of Mompox—as much as that of the Middle Eastern immigrants who run fabric stores by its banks. Join us to hear this riveting tale. Following the river from its source high in the Andes to its mouth on the Caribbean coast, journeying by boat, bus, and improvised motobalinera, Salama writes against stereotype and toward the rich lives of those he meets. Among them are a canoe builder, biologists who study invasive hippopotamuses, a Queens transplant managing a failing hotel, a jeweler practicing the art of silver filigree, and a traveling librarian whose donkeys, Alfa and Beto, haul books to rural children. Joy, mourning, and humor come together in this astonishing debut, about a country too often seen as only a site of war, and a tale of lively adventure following a legendary river. Jordan Salama’s work has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, National Geographic, and Scientific American. A 2019 graduate of Princeton University, he lives in New York.

Event date: 
Friday, December 10, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Event address: 
215 N. Cayuga Street
Dewitt Mall
Ithaca, NY 14850
Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781646220441
Availability: Available via Warehouse (7-10 Days)
Published: Catapult - November 16th, 2021