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Madeline Ostrander Book Reading “At Home On An Unruly Planet” (Berkeley)

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore | 2904 College Avenue Berkeley, CA

Event Details

Author Madeline Ostrander comes to Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore to read from and discuss her new book At Home On An Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge On A Changed Earth (pre-order here). From rural Alaska to coastal Florida, it’s a vivid and hopeful account of Americans working to protect the places they call home in an era of wildfires, floods, and uncertainty—including efforts in Richmond, California, to transform a city built around an oil industry giant, the Chevron refinery. Co-hosted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute, Madeline will talk about how Richmond and other frontline communities are finding resilience amid new threats, recovering after almost unthinkable disasters, and reimagining themselves in a time of climate emergency.

Madeline will sign copies of her book after the presentation.

How do we find a sense of home and rootedness in a time of unprecedented upheaval? What happens when the seasons and rhythms in which we have built our lives go off-kilter?

Once a distant forecast, climate change is now reaching into the familiar, threatening our basic safety and forcing us to reexamine who we are and how we live. In At Home on an Unruly Planet, science journalist Madeline Ostrander reflects on this crisis not as an abstract scientific or political problem but as a palpable force that is now affecting all of us at home. She offers vivid accounts of people fighting to protect places they love from increasingly dangerous circumstances. A group of urban farmers work to transform Richmond, California, in the wake of a disastrous refinery fire. A firefighter helps to rebuild her town in central Washington state after catastrophic western wildfires. A Florida preservationist strives to protect one of North America’s most historic cities from rising seas. An Alaskan community heads for higher ground as its land erodes. A firefighter works to rebuild her town after catastrophic western wildfires. A Florida preservationist strives to protect one of North America’s most historic cities from rising seas. An urban farmer struggles to transform a California city plagued by fossil fuel disasters. An Alaskan community heads for higher ground as its land erodes.

Ostrander pairs deeply reported stories of hard-won optimism with lyrical essays on the strengths we need in an era of crisis. The book is required reading for anyone who wants to make a home in the twenty-first century.

MADELINE OSTRANDER is a science journalist and writer whose work has appeared in the NewYorker.com, The Nation, Sierra magazine, PBS’s NOVA Next, Slate, and numerous other outlets. Her reporting on climate change and environmental justice has taken her to locations such as the Alaskan Arctic and the Australian outback. She’s received grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Artist Trust, the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Mesa Refuge, Hedgebrook, and Edith Cowan University in Australia. She is the former senior editor of YES! magazine and holds a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:50 pm on October 5th.

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Cost: FREE
Categories: In Person, Literature
Address: 2904 College Avenue Berkeley, CA