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Thu, Jan 26


Old Town House

Local Authors Confront Climate

Literature – whether fiction or memoir – can tell stories that incorporate climate change, stimulating our imagination and ultimately impelling us to take action. Please join us for a discussion with Authors Julia Glass and Patricia Hanlon.

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Local Authors Confront Climate
Local Authors Confront Climate

Time & Location

Jan 26, 2023, 7:00 PM

Old Town House, 1727 Town House Square, Marblehead, MA 01945, USA

About the event

To help motivate and inspire, Sustainable Marblehead will host a talk by two local writers: Marblehead author and National Book Award winner Julia Glass, whose latest novel Vigil Harbor came out last spring, and West Gloucester artist and author Patricia Hanlon, whose memoir Swimming to the Top of the Tide, chronicles her swims in the Great Marsh.

Vigil Harbor, included by Penguin Random House on its list of climate fiction or Cli-Fi, takes place a decade from now, in the historic town of Vigil Harbor, where, among many other characters, a marine biologist despairs at the state of the world and architect Austin Kepner pursues a passion for building homes designed to withstand the escalating fury of relentless storms.

In Swimming to the Top of the Tide, Hanlon charts her explorations of the Great Marsh, the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. Hanlon and her husband swim the tidal estuary daily, noting the disruptions caused by human intervention, and bearing witness to the vitality of the watersheds, their essential role in the natural world, and the responsibility of those who love them to contribute to their sustainability.

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