This discussion, led by MPL librarian Ariel Zeitlin, is designed to follow Elizabeth Kolbert's Open Book / Open Mind Online conversation about "Under A White Sky" with Michelle Nijhuis ("Beloved Beasts") on Sunday, March 22, at 4 p.m. There is no need to attend the Open Book / Open Mind webcast to participate in the related book club discussion.
REGISTER HERE for Open Book / Open Mind Online with Elizabeth Kolbert (NOT the book club)
ABOUT ELIZABETH KOLBERT
Elizabeth Kolbert is a leading writer on the subject of our changing planet. Best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker for more than 20 years, contributing her signature award-winning interactive articles about the "Anthropocene era," the period during which human activity has dominated our climate and our environment. Kolbert's other books include “The Prophet of Love: And Other Tales of Power and Deceit” and “Field Notes from a Catastrophe." She lives in Massachusetts.
ABOUT "UNDER A WHITE SKY"
"As she surveys climate-related discoveries, Kolbert describes barriers erected to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes after the carp were brought to America in 1963 to “keep aquatic weeds in check.” She also tells of the divers who conduct a yearly “census” on the Devil’s Hole pupfish, a threatened species surviving in a single pond in the Mojave Desert. Kolbert notes the irony and ingenuity of humans battling natural processes to which they have contributed: the dams and levees along the Mississippi River, for instance, were “built to keep southern Louisiana dry” but have caused a massive “land-loss crisis” due to flooding elsewhere in the state. Along the way, Kolbert covers interventions on the cutting edge of science, such as “assisted evolution,” which would help coral reefs endure warmer oceans. Her style of immersive journalism (which involves being hit by a jumping carp, observing coral sex, and watching as millennia-old ice is pulled from the ice sheets of Greenland) makes apparent the challenges of “the whole-earth transformation” currently underway. This investigation of global change is brilliantly executed and urgently necessary."—Publishers Weekly