US Edition release date: Sept 6, 2024 – Preorders coming soon

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Fifteen billion years ago, there was nothing, not even light. Now, we live in a universe that plays host to trillions of galaxies with uncountable stars, worlds, and maybe even other life. How did we get from there to here? Us From Nothing is a historical epic prose poem about the most important milestones in world history, from the Big Bang to the near future. It traces the tale of how the universe formed, how life arose, how humanity amplified the Earth’s abundance, and how our future might emerge from where we find ourselves now.

Praise for Us From Nothing

“An encyclopedic epic after Eduardo Galeano, Us from Nothing takes on history in poetically compressed, paragraphic cantos. In conversation with cosmic origins as it connects with patterns, past events and pressing concerns, the whole corrects records, and delights in telling a tale of the tribe. A contextualizing arrangement, part Blake, part Williams, wholly relational and delighting. “Our seers help us speak in nature’s speech. They tell us tales that show us who we are and why we’re here.”  — Hoa Nguyen, National Book Award Finalist and author of A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure

“This is a marvelous book. Only an immensely fertile imagination could tell so elemental a tale in so straightforward yet evocative a fashion. Simple sentences often carry astounding weight. Bouvier makes one care about characters like ‘Life’ and ‘We’ and then the emergence of virtually all of the world’s major thinkers in cameo.” — Charles Altieri, UC-Berkeley

Release Dates

Canada: Fall 2023 from Buckrider (Wolsak & Wynn)

USA: 2024 from Black Lawrence Press