Chicago Public Library Presents: Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

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Date/Time Thu, Feb 20 @ 12:00 AM – 1:30 AM
Location Harold Washington Library Center 400 S State Street Chicago IL, 60605
Admission Free

Event description


WBEZ is a media sponsor for Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago program. Join One Book, One Chicago for a season finale to celebrate all that the city has learned about our world in this Season For Change! Elizabeth Kolbert, author of this season’s One Book, One Chicago selection, The Sixth Extinction appears for a season finale event to discuss her groundbreaking work.

Kolbert has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. She traveled from Alaska to Greenland, and visited top scientists, to get to the heart of the debate over global warming. She explains the science and the studies, draws frightening parallels to lost ancient civilizations, unpacks the politics, and presents the personal tales of those who are being affected most—the people who make their homes near the poles and, in an eerie foreshadowing, are watching their worlds disappear. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year (2006) by The New York Times Book Review. Her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, a book about mass extinctions that weaves intellectual and natural history with reporting in the field, was a New York Times 2014 Top Ten Best Book of the Year and is number one on the Guardian's list of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books of all time.  The Sixth Extinction also won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category, and is the 2019-2020 Chicago Public Library One Book, One Chicago selection.

Doors to the Auditorium open at 5:00 p.m., and seating is first come, first served. Books are available for purchase, and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.