Julian Aguon — No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies - with Ed Yong — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Monday, September 19, 2022 - 7:00pm


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Part memoir, part manifesto, Chamorro climate activist Julian Aguon’s No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies is a coming-of-age story and a call for justice—for everyone, but in particular, for Indigenous peoples. In bracing poetry and compelling prose, Aguon weaves together stories from his childhood in the villages of Guam with searing political commentary about matters ranging from nuclear weapons to global warming. Undertaking the work of bearing witness, wrestling with the most pressing questions of the modern day, and reckoning with the challenge of truth-telling in an era of rampant obfuscation, he culls from his own life experiences—from losing his father to pancreatic cancer to working for Mother Teresa to an edifying chance encounter with Sherman Alexie—to illuminate a collective path out of the darkness.

Julian Aguon is a Chamorro human rights lawyer and defender from Guam. He is the founder of Blue Ocean Law, a progressive firm that works at the intersection of Indigenous rights and environmental justice; and serves on the council of Progressive International—a global collective with the mission of mobilizing progressive forces around the world behind a shared vision of social justice. He lives in the village of Yona.

Aguon will be in conversation with Ed Yong. Yong is a science journalist who reports for The AtlanticAn Immense World, his second book, was published in June 2022 and looks at the extraordinary sensory worlds of other animals. His first book, I Contain Multitudes, delved into the amazing partnerships between animals and microbes.


5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies: A Lyric Essay By Julian Aguon, Arundhati Roy (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Julian Aguon, Arundhati Roy (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781662601637
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Published: Astra House - September 13th, 2022