The Hours Before Dusk: Finding Light in Cities Around the World
The Hours Before Dusk: Finding Light in Cities Around the World
The Hours Before Dusk: Finding Light in Cities Around the World
The Hours Before Dusk: Finding Light in Cities Around the World
The Hours Before Dusk: Finding Light in Cities Around the World

The Hours Before Dusk: Finding Light in Cities Around the World

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Written by
Jenna Matecki
ILLUSTRATED by
Jimmy Thompson

Book Summary

Since 2005, Jenna Matecki has chronicled the moments of her life in the form of poems, short stories, and letters. Her work as a sustainability strategist and journalist has taken her to over 25 cities across four continents, where she puts words to the familiar feelings of nostalgia, curiosity, turning strangers into friends, and falling in love: for a moment, with a feeling, with a place, with the right person at the perfect time. The Hours Before Dusk is a hybrid narrative that challenges readers to find feelings of peace and joy in the everyday and to sharpen their curiosity for the world through evocative stories and poetry.

This genre-bending collection is a culmination of Matecki’s life lived around the world, written to invoke feelings of sentimentality for the past, while simultaneously urging you to forge new meaningful experiences. The Hours Before Dusk is an antidote to our chaotic, technology-filled existence, a salve for the anxiety levied by our times. It guards and cherishes what you hold most sacred, and provokes a deep dive into the personal, warm, and unspoken world that you call your own.


The Introduction

This isn’t your usual map.
The borders constantly shift.
It travels across hours, years -
Geographies, cultures that I visited for a moment, others -
cities I know intimately.
Characters from a second, few
a lifetime.
It’s poetry, it’s prose, they’re always
stories.
I wrote them to conjure
Those beautiful images in your mind -
That sacred landscape,
in the water, around the fire
- that is only yours
The person who lives there
is who I’m writing for -
Hi.
It’s nice to meet you.
Come play with me in the place you call
Home.


Reading Retreat

Marrakech Reading Retreat | October 7-11 | Imagine five days dedicated to people who love to read, who want to have a transformative solo travel experience but with the chance to meet and engage with other readers. Imagine reading the same thing as someone else, at the same time, and being able to talk about it. Imagine being so inspired by the prose and the location that you, too, are prompted to create. 


Our first Reading Retreat itinerary is inspired by The Hours Before Dusk. Join author Jenna Matecki on a visit to a sustainable farm run by a globally renowned ethnobotanist and pick fresh produce for a future meal, take a day trip to a sculpture garden in the Atlas Mountains, indulge in a creativity-focused tour of the historical Medina. Spend hours reading by the tranquil pools on Jnane Tamsna’s luxurious property, and join fellow retreat members for candlelit dinners in the gardens. Email RSVP@pareabooks.com to secure your spot.

“Reminds you of who you once were, the version of yourself you remember most fondly.”

—Early Parea Reader

“This is a book you should carry with you at all times…”

—Early Parea Reader

“Reminds you of who you once were, the version of yourself you remember most fondly.”

—Early Parea Reader

Jenna Matecki
Written by
Jenna Matecki
Jenna Matecki is a sustainability communications strategist and video journalist who recently lived out of a backpack in cities around the world. She is the founder of Matecki Studios, a renowned creative group that has designed social impact strategies for the world’s largest companies, hosted viral video interviews with down-to-earth people who are changing the status quo for the better, and mentored the next generation of leaders in media and storytelling at top universities. Jenna also runs Postcards from Jenna, a global postcards club that brings joy, beauty, poetry, and original artwork to your actual mailbox. jennamatecki.com
Jimmy Thompson
ILLUSTRATED by
Jimmy Thompson
Jimmy Thompson lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at California Institute of the Arts receiving his BFA in Character Animation in 2004. He co-founded the Brainbow design studio in 2008. The studio has collaborated on motion and design projects with clients ranging from television networks, musical artists and global brands, most notably for the short film The Schwarzenegger Trilogy, commissioned by the Standard Hotel and screened at The Hammer Museum. His art works have been shown at Cella Gallery, Dax Gallery, Eastern Projects and The Lodge Gallery in the Los Angeles area. In addition to the studio he works on an array of graphic design projects with hotels, restaurants and apparel brands. Inspired by people and places through travel, much of the work both personal and professional draws inspiration from these subjects.