[CANCELED] Chronicles of the Apocalypse: Writing on Climate Change

09 May 2020
2:30 pm-4:00 pm
The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012

Our planet’s very future is now in doubt as fires rage from Australia to the Amazon with a level of crisis that demands the attention of fiction writers as well as journalists and essayists. Acclaimed novelist Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island exemplifies the new writing about the pressing realities of our rapidly changing planet. His story of forced migration follows the deadly 1970 Bhola Cyclone, which killed half a million people. Norwegian author Maja Lunde’s series of novels that make up her Climate Quartet grapples with an existence that is permanently altered by climate change, while Terry Tempest Williams’ collection of essays, Erosion, continues her environmental critiques of what we are losing beyond the living world—how we are eroding and evolving as our climate changes irrevocably. This is an urgent and necessary conversation on how writers are charting our apocalyptic future with moderator Emily Raboteau, who has been writing exclusively about the climate crisis for the last year.

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.

Emily Raboteau
Terry Tempest Williams
Maja Lunde
Amitav Ghosh

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