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- Overpopulation: Ecological Elephant In The Room?
- Naomi Oreskes, THE COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION & Dr. James Hansen, STORMS OF MY GRANDCHILDREN
- Paul Ehrlich, HOPE ON EARTH & Ryan Mitchell, TINY HOUSE LIVING
- Elizabeth Kolbert, THE SIXTH EXTINCTION & Annalee Newitz, SCATTER, ADAPT AND REMEMBER
- Boris Fishman, A REPLACEMENT LIFE & John Cushman, KEYSTONE AND BEYOND
- John Cushman of Inside Climate News: Keystone XL Pipeline
- Ruth Thomas-Suh, REJECT, Herbert Thomas, THE SHAME RESPONSE TO REJECTION & John Cushman on KXL
- Alan Weisman, COUNTDOWN
- David Bollier on The Commons: GREEN GOVERNANCE & VIRAL SPIRAL
- Richard Heinberg, SNAKE OIL & Bill McKibben, OIL AND HONEY
- Brian Fagan, THE ATTACKING OCEAN & Christine Shearer, KIVALINA
- Sy Montgomery, HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE & Earl Swift, CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM
- Paolo Bacigalupe (encore), Susan Rockefeller, MISSION OF MERMAIDS & Jason Chin, ISLAND
- Barbara Kingsolver, FLIGHT BEHAVIOR & James Howard Kunstler TOO MUCH MAGIC
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- Philip Warburg, HARVEST THE WIND
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- James Workman, HEART OF DRYNESS & Christine Shearer, KIVALINA
We talk with Sy Montgomery, acclaimed author of Soul of An Octopus about her wonderful new book, How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals.
Then, we talk with journalist and author Earl Swift about his soulful and timely portrait of a 200-year-old crabbing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay that’s facing extinction from rising sea levels. His book is Chesapeake Requiem, A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island.
There are a lot of how-to books out there on how to be a better person. But forget about the spiritual tomes and the lifestyle gurus; maybe our greatest teachers are the animals we share our homes and planet with.
That’s what science journalist Sy Montgomery has found over a lifetime of friendships with fellow non-human creatures. Like, for example,Â Octavia, the octopus she so movingly wrote about in Soul of An Octopus, a book for which she won the National Book Award.
Her latest book, How To Be A Good Creature, reflects on the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals and the truths revealed by their lives. They include a pig, a chicken, an ermine, a spider and three emus, among others.
Featuring charming illustrations by Rebecca Green, How To Be A Good Creature is a life-affirming memoir that explores such questions as how we learn to love and develop empathy; how we cope with loss and despair; and how we express gratitude and forgiveness in the world.Â The book is for readers from age 8 through 88 and older
Sy Montgomery is the author of 20 books for adults and kids, including The Soul of an Octopus and The Good Good Pig, her memoir of life with her pig, Christopher Hogwood.
The recently released National Climate Assessment estimates that climate change will slash the US economy by 10% by century’s end unless we get serious now about reining it in.
One place that is already experiencing the existential threat of climate change is Tangier Island, Virginia.
It’s a unique community on the American landscape. First mapped in 1608 and settled during the American Revolution, the tiny sliver of mud is home to 470 hardy people who live an isolated and challenging existence centered around fishing for the prized Chesapeake Bay blue crab.
But Tangier Island is disappearing: its shoreline retreats by fifteen feet a year due to rising sea levels driven by climate change — and the pace is picking up. Scientists say islanders could be forced to abandon their home within twenty-five years.
Journalist Earl Swift had been reporting on Tangier Island already for over a decade when he decided to live there for a year and report in-depth on what’s happening to the community — a community that is very much a canary in the coal mine for coastal communities everywhere. His book Chesapeake Requiem is an intimate look at the island’s past, present, and tenuous future.
Earl Swift is the author of seven books and hundreds of major features for newspapers and magazines. He lives and works in Virginia.