Meandering from personal life stories to popular myths and tales of others who have informed her life, Rebecca Solnit explores the relationship between storytelling and the creation of self in her latest book, The Faraway Nearby. Solnit's prose provides a gentle guide toward living a meaningful life. Always listening for the lessons conveyed in their telling, her own stories give way to other stories, and the journey takes author and reader toward a better understanding of the way our lives intersect with the rest of the world. Winner of many awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, Solnit is the author of 12 books, including last year's One City One Book selection Paradise Built in Hell and Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas. The evening's host, Green Apple Books, calls her "our best hope for a Nobel Prize in literature." This free event at the plush, normally private Elk's Lodge, established in 1923, also features Dawn Oberg on piano — a combination not to be missed.