A conversation with Amitav Ghosh, Terry Tempest Williams, & Emily Raboteau
Introduced by Jennifer Egan, President of PEN America
Civilization and our planet's very future are now in doubt with a level of environmental crisis that demands the attention of fiction writers, journalists, and essayists. Acclaimed novelist Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island exemplifies the new writing about the pressing realities of our rapidly changing planet. His story of forced migration follows the deadly 1970 Bhola Cyclone, which killed half a million people. Terry Tempest Williams’ collection of essays, Erosion, continues her environmental critiques of what we are losing beyond the living world—how we are eroding and evolving as our climate changes irrevocably. This is an urgent and necessary conversation on how writers are charting our apocalyptic future with moderator Emily Raboteau, a novelist and essayist who has been writing exclusively about the climate crisis for the last year.