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Author Elizabeth Kolbert: Under a White Sky

Thursday, November 11, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert’s beat is examining the impact of humans on the environment and she does it better than basically everyone.” —Lit Hub

Through Elizabeth Kolbert's works, The Sixth Extinction, Field Notes from a Catastrophe, and her gripping New Yorker articles about our planet’s seismic evolutionary shifts and the apparent abyss of its future, Kolbert has become one of the most important literary educators on the environment. Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore is pleased to welcome author, Elizabeth Kolbert to discuss her latest book Under a White Sky.

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About Under a White Sky

Elizabeth Kolbert’s Pulitzer Prize-winning international bestseller, The Sixth Extinction, shook readers to their core and quickly became one of the most acclaimed books of the 21st century.

Kolbert’s highly anticipated new book is a powerful, resonant, counterintuitive response. Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, Kolbert makes clear that – paradoxically – the ever-more audacious feats of human innovation that have imperiled our planet may now be the only hope for salvation. So much of the damage we’ve done is irreversible; the real hope lies in how we can use what we know to manipulate – not save – nature.

Kolbert travels the globe again in Under a White Sky to explore cutting-edge projects spearheaded by maverick engineers and genetic engineers, biologists and microbiologists, atmospheric scientists and atmospheric entrepreneurs. Her research takes her to a plant in Iceland where carbon dioxide is being turned into stone, a fake cavern in the Mojave that houses the world’s rarest fish, a biosecure facility in Australia where scientists are gene-editing invasive toads, and the halls of Harvard, where researchers are contemplating shooting tiny diamond particles into the stratosphere to lower the temperature of the earth (potentially leading to white skies where we currently see blue—hence the book’s title).

About the Author

Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change and The Sixth Extinction, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. For her work at The New Yorker, where she's a staff writer, she has received two National Magazine Awards and the Blake-Dodd Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

This event is co-sponsored by Barrett Bookstore. If you would like to purchase Under a White Sky, please visit their website.

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This series will take place on Zoom webinar. You will receive an email confirming your registration with a link to join the meeting after you register.

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