The monthly social returns this December with an appropriately enveloping read. Submergence was written by a man accustomed to immersing himself in a place and time (and published by our own Coffee House Press). A war correspondent for The Economist, J.M. Ledgard lives in tense, high-intensity situations similar to those that play out in his book. Parallel stories of two halves of a relationship are James More, a British spy kidnapped on assignment in Somalia, and Danielle Flinders, a professor about to submerge under icebergs off the coast of Greenland. Both fiends for scientific control, they’re spun into chaos, disconnected but united in their thoughts for each other. Get ready to chat with thoughtful questions from the Books & Bars newsletter and show up early for chit chat. 7 p.m. Free. —EK

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