Amitav Ghosh with Nathaniel Rich: Climate Change Isn’t Fiction

Tue. Sep 10, 2019 at 7:00pm EDT
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Two writers grapple with climate change in fiction, nonfiction—and real life.

Amitav Ghosh, the award-winning author of the Ibis Trilogy returns with his new novel, Gun Island. When a Bengali legend from childhood comes to haunt the lonely life of a rare books dealer in Brooklyn, he is launched on a journey around the world in search of truths about himself and his past—and forced along the way to confront some of the great environmental crises assailing our planet. Hopping from a fire-ravaged Los Angeles to a sinking Venice to a storm-ravaged Sundarbans, Ghosh weaves a story that is both intimate and epic, encapsulating this perilous moment. He is joined by Nathaniel Rich, whose most recent book, Losing Earth, is a powerful history of the decades long battle waged against climate change.  

We are pleased to invite you to a one-night-only display of rare books and archival materials from the Library’s collections inspired by Ghosh’s book. Join us early! Doors open around 6:15pm.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of The New York Public Library.

ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

Amitav Ghosh photo © Ivo van der Bent

Nathaniel Rich photo © Pableaux Johnson

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Celeste Bartos Forum The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
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