Eco-fiction at Word Vancouver


Thanks to everyone who attended! The readings went great, and we had some thoughtful Q&A from the audience afterward. Please see our Facebook for photos from the event. FREE EVENT – No tickets required! Community Garden “Eco-fiction, memoir, and a … Read more

Climate Change Novel Survey from Yale


Thanks so much to Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Yale, for notifying me some time ago about a survey he has developed to find out who reads climate change fiction and to get some sense of what … Read more

Interview with Annis Pratt, Infinite Games


Part XIV. Women Working in Nature and the Arts Annis Pratt’s novels are full of passion for the natural world and enthusiasm for the details of everyday life. Her invented worlds are more realistic than fantastic, her fiction speculative about … Read more

Mr. Eternity, Aaron Thier


“I was thinking a lot about how much the rhythms of life are determined by the place where we live,” the 32-year-old author said, in a conversation from his current home in central Great Barrington. “I was sitting there in … Read more

The Trees, Ali Shaw


The Trees is a bold, intriguing conceit for a dystopian environmental novel…The strength of the novel – Shaw’s third – is in the visceral descriptions of the forest: the reader feels, smells and hears the trees, convincingly portrayed as sinister, … Read more

Once in Blockadia, Stephen Collis


Occasionally we add prose and poetry that creatively circumvent issues of the environment. In an Eco-fiction stage at the 2016 Word Vancouver, Mr. Collis read with others whose works call for at least thought, if not action, on some aspect … Read more

Nutshell, Ian McEwan


Some of the novel’s most eloquent passages capture the state of our peril: “A combination, poverty and war, with climate change held in reserve, driving millions from their homes, an ancient epic in new form, vast movements of people, like … Read more

Half Wild Stories, Robin MacArthur


MacArthur’s Half Wild shows that humans abuse and domineer nature — and women — at their own peril. Though few of MacArthur’s tales are told from the male perspective, those that do make short shrift of nature writing’s traditionally sexist rhetoric. -Pacific Standard Magazine, … Read more

The Spawning Grounds, Gail Anderson-Dargatz


Sharp imagery and spare dialogue are put to good use in Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s ghost tale of a mysterious force intent on destroying a family in rural British Columbia. The Globe and Mail The long-awaited new novel by the two-time Giller-shortlisted … Read more

The Way of Water, Nina Munteanu


Thanks to Nina Munteanu for the following information on two new books on water. The Way of Water is a near-future vision that explores the nuances of corporate and government corruption and deceit together with resource warfare. An ecologist and … Read more

Flight Behavior Review, Nina Munteanu

Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver

In a world that’s quickly heating up and drying up, you can’t go home again—even if you never leave—Clive Thompson Barbara Kingsolver’s 2012 novel Flight Behavior was, according to The Globe and Mail, the first novel that dealt “specifically, determinedly … Read more