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Join us for an author talk with David Gessner as part of NEA’s Big Read. Gessner will discuss A Traveler’s Guide to the End of the World. his coast-to-coast guide to navigating the climate crisis. In the book he asks scientists what kind of planet his daughter will inhabit in 2063, when she is his age now. But he also asks a question for all of us: how to live in this uncertain world? ‘“Firm ground is not available ground,” said the North Carolina poet A.R. Ammons. He was referring to beach grass, but might have been talking about anything that tries to eke out a life near the water, including humans. Gessner will discuss both his own geographic uncertainty as a northerner living on the southern coast and writing about the West, and the uncertainty we all feel in a time when there is little firm ground. Whether it is hurricanes hitting our coasts or drought in the Southwest or fires in the West clouds of smoke blowing down from Canada through the Northeast, we are all living in a new world. How to be in this chaos is one of the questions A Traveler’s Guide to the End of the World tackles. Another is how will our children be?”
David Gessner is the prize-winning author of thirteen books that blend a love of nature, humor, memoir, and environmentalism, including the New York Times bestselling, All the Wild That Remains, Return of the Osprey, Sick of Nature and Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness.
In partnership with UNCW’s Office of the Arts, the first 75 registrants will receive a copy of the book at the event through the NEA Big Read program! NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.