Read Elizabeth Kolbert’s ‘Under a White Sky’ and Discuss It With the Author

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What’s better than a night under a starry sky, by a warm fire, with great food and a good book?

Darien Library, Barrett Bookstore, Darien Land Trust, and Darien Nature Center are excited to host a unique book group for Under a White Sky by Elizabeth Kolbert. Join Kiera Parrott, director of Darien Library, at the Darien Nature Center on Oct. 28 for an enlightening discussion.

Elizabeth Kolbert at a book reading

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Elizabeth Kolbert

— an announcement from Darien Library

Elizabeth Kolbert’s highly anticipated new book, Under a White Sky, is a powerful and resonant exploration of human innovation. Kolbert travels the globe to explore cutting-edge projects spearheaded by maverick scientists and researchers.

Her research leads her from a plant in Iceland where carbon dioxide is being turned into stone to the halls of Harvard, where researchers are contemplating shooting tiny diamond particles into the stratosphere to lower the temperature of the earth (potentially leading to white skies where we currently see blue—hence the book’s title).

Under a White Sky has been shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation.

Elizabeth Kolbert from her website

Photo from Elizabeth Kolbert's website

Elizabeth Kolbert at Devils Hole, Nevada, the cavern that is home to Cyprinodon diabolis (Devils Hole Pupfish), the smallest known habitat of any vertebrate

About Elizabeth Kolbert

Kolbert is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change and The Sixth Extinction, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize.

For her work at The New Yorker, where she’s a staff writer, she has received two National Magazine Awards and the Blake-Dodd Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Kolbert lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

If You’re Going …

Under a White Sky book coverThis program will take place at the Darien Nature Center on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Register on Darien Library’s website, here.

Light refreshments will be served.

Participants can pick up a copy of Under a White Sky to borrow at the library on the hold shelf at the Welcome Desk under the name “Registered Book Group: Under a White Sky” or purchase their own copy from Barrett Bookstore.


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