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January Book Club: Field Notes from a Catastrophe

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January 2020: Knit Lit! Or Crochet Lit! Or Stitch Lit! Join us for a monthly community book club where we'll discuss a book and do some handwork. Only requirement is that you read the book (or most of the book). We are excited to launch the 2020 Edition of Book Club with scholar, writer, and literature teacher, Alisa Braithwaite. "With this year’s book club I hope to feed three birds with one seed: get us thinking about perspectives that are not always privileged, remind us of the importance of the humanities (and literature in particular!) in fighting for social justice, and prepare us for the challenge of the upcoming election season."

Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Kolbert tackles the controversial and increasingly urgent subject of global warming in what began as groundbreaking three-part series in the New Yorker, for which she won a National Magazine Award in 2006. In 2015 Kolbert added a chapter bringing things up-to-date on the existing text, plus three new chapters--on ocean acidification, the tar sands, and a Danish town that's gone carbon neutral--making it, again, a must-read for our moment.

WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE IT: You’re worried about climate change and want to know more about it. “If you have time this year for just one book on science, nature, or the environment, this should be it.” ―San Diego Union-Tribune

FOR FANS OF:  earth.

Available from some of our favorite local bookstores: Porter Square Books and Harvard Square Books. Don't forget your local library!

Limited to 12 participants (16 yrs of age or older); 4 participants are required for book club to meet. This event is free but we do require you register so we know how many seats to put in the "reading nook".

  • Level:  Intermediate (you are working on your own project and we won't let you fail but this event is mostly for talking about the book and a little bit about you knitting/crochet/embroidery/paper-piecing)

  • We provide: lively discussion, and great company
  • You bring: a copy of the book or your notes or whatever and your knitting/crochet/embroidery project. Maybe a beverage…we always welcome snacks.

  • Event length: 2 hours


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