Annie Proulx with Sarah Stillman: Wetlands and the Climate Crisis

Thu. Oct 6, 2022 6:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
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The Library Lion and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize reveals the history of wetlands, their ecological role, and what their systematic destruction means for the planet.


Book Cover of Fen, Bog and Swamp by Annie ProulxBrimming with the same reverence for nature as her fiction, Annie Proulx’s new book is a compact history of the world's wetlands and the vitally important yet little understood role they play in preserving the environment—by storing the carbon emissions that greatly contribute to climate change. Charting the history of human interaction with these crucial natural resources, Proulx lays bare the frightening reality of wetland destruction and what it means for the planet and our survival. She speaks with The New Yorker staff writer Sarah Stillman.


The New York Public Library holds Proulx’s papers, and the event will begin with a short talk about them by Carolyn Vega, Curator of the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature. And come early for a one-night-only display of her materials at the back of the room.


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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS


Annie Proulx headshotAnnie Proulx  is the author of nine books, including the novels The Shipping News and Barkskins, and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award–winning film. Fen, Bog, and Swamp is her second work of nonfiction. She lives in New Hampshire.


Sarah Stillman headshotSarah Stillman is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she covers migration, mass incarceration, climate change, and more. She joined the magazine in 2012; that same year, her piece about labor abuses on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, "The Invisible Army," received the National Magazine Award for public interest. A contributor to the best-selling anthology All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, she is currently reporting on the intersections of climate change, migration, and workers' rights. She is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow.


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