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On America: Climate Writing with Elizabeth Kolbert, Madeleine Watts, and Leslie Jamison

February 24, 2021 via Zoom

Can great writing help us confront the global climate crisis before it’s too late? Pulitzer Prize winner and New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert (The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History) reports on what is at stake as well as efforts to turn the tide in her new book, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future. In her recently published debut, The Inland Sea, author Madeleine Watts parses the anxieties of living in a constant state of emergency and provides a glimpse of what comfort and refuge might look like in a land besieged by the climate crisis.

Author Leslie Jamison (Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays) moderated this discussion to examine the ways that climate fiction and journalism might help connect science and the lived experience to the will for change.