First Friday: Conventional Wisdom

Event has passed (Fri Dec 2, 2016 - Fri Dec 2, 2016)
City of Mill Valley Public Library
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Literary, Author Appearance


First Friday: Conventional Wisdom by Arthur Drooker

Friday, December 2nd
Mill valley Public Library - 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

Mill Valley-based photographer and author Arthur Drooker will talk about his latest book, Conventional Wisdom, a chronicle of his travels to quirky conventions, including furries, fetishists, mermaids and even Lincoln presenters. Over a three-year period, Drooker photographed these unusual gatherings as expressions of community, culture and connection. Along the way, he discovered that all conventions satisfy a basic human urge: the longing to belong.

For the conventioneers, these gatherings are more like family reunions where they freely share their passions, even obsessions, without fear, apology, or judgment. In his presentation Drooker will recount his adventures, share insights he gained, and show a selection of photographs that James Wolcott, Vanity Fair culture critic, described as “a revelation and a testament that the much-mourned ‘old, weird America’ isn’t quite dead yet. It has simply adopted a new Technicolor dreamcoat of disguises.”

Arthur Drooker's books include American Ruins (Merrell, 2007), Lost Worlds: Ruins of the Americas (ACC, 2011), Pie Town Revisited (UNM Press, 2015), and Conventional Wisdom (Glitterati, 2016). His work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and has been exhibited at the Virginia Center for Architecture, the Wichita Museum of Art, and the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. For more information about Arthur Drooker and to see a selection of his work, please visit:


  1. City of Mill Valley Public Library
    375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA