GREG WRENN at Books Inc. Berkeley

Cover image of Mothership by Greg Wrenn

Join Books Inc. and writer / educator Greg Wrenn in Berkeley for a reading and signing of his stunning memoir Mothership: A Memoir of Wonder and Crisis!

A dazzling, evidence-based account of one man’s quest to heal from complex PTSD by turning to endangered coral reefs and psychedelic plants after traditional therapies failed—and his awakening to the need for us to heal the planet as well.

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.


“Taking readers along on his fascinating journey, the author emphasizes the interconnectivity of the self and Mother Earth, drawing connections between his own C-PTSD and the complex being that humans are actively destroying with our ‘gimme-gimme, carbon-belching society.’… Wrenn paints a vivid image of a dying planet at the hands of humans—not as an issue of tomorrow, but as the current consequence of our daily actions and inactions, a form of trauma all its own…. A memorable book that capably interweaves the personal and the universal.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“A brave, beautiful testament to love both past and present, a meticulously researched account of our relationship to ourselves and the world…. Mothership does for coral what Richard Powers’s The Overstory does for trees. I can’t wait to assign this to my students.”
— Garrard ConleyNew York Times bestselling author of Boy Erased

“A powerful testimonial and call to action to save the equal opportunity healer that is Mother Nature.”
— Carine McCandless, author of The Wild Truth, the New York Times bestselling follow-up to Into the Wild

“As humanity stands at the crossroads of catastrophe and consciousness, Wrenn’s wonder-filled, carefully researched memoir makes a strong case for not only the sacramental value and healing power of psychedelics but also for safe, legal access to psychedelic-assisted therapy for PTSD. Mothership is a deeply moving roadmap through the intertwined destinies of individual well-being and the urgent need to heal our planet.”
— Rick Doblin, PhD, Founder and President of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

“A deeply felt, clear-eyed memoir examining what it means to grieve nature’s losses and yet still manage to find healing and love in what remains.”
— Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix and Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey

A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, Greg Wrenn is the author of Centaur (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013)which National Book Award–winning poet Terrance Hayes awarded the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Greg’s work has appeared in The New Republic, Al JazeeraThe Rumpus, Kenyon Review, New England Review, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He has received awards and fellowships from the James Merrill House, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Poetry Society of America. As an associate English professor, Greg teaches environmental literature and creative writing at James Madison University, where he weaves climate change science into literary studies. He was educated at Harvard University and Washington University in St. Louis. Greg is a trained yoga teacher and a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, exploring coral reefs around the world for over twenty-five years. He lives in the mountains of Virginia with his husband and their growing family of trees.

Event date: 
Friday, May 24, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Berkeley
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
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ISBN: 9798888452141
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Published: Regalo Press - March 26th, 2024