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Friday, March 2, 2018
A growing number of contemporary ''Cli-Fi'' novels are changing what we mean when we say dystopian fiction, says Lidia Yuknavitch
National bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch presented her talk "Cli-Fi Bodies, Heart-Born Worlds" in the Whiteman Hall at the Phoenix Art Museum at 7 p.m.
After the talk, Lidia generously participated in a moderated Q&A session with Matt Bell. A book signing for fans and reaaders and literary critics and academics then followed in the Great Hall.
Presented in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum.
About her talk:
A growing number of contemporary ''Cli-Fi'' novels are changing what we mean when we say dystopian fiction — Station Eleven, Borne, American War, Future Home of the Living God, and The Book of Joan are all examples where authors are asking how we might radically reinvent our relationship to the planet, each other, and ourselves. Lidia asked: What if we loved the planet the way we claim to love our partners or children? What if being meant understanding our existence as relational to eco-systems and animals? What if that stuff we are made of, the matter of the cosmos and universe, isn't as "out there" as we pretend; what if the stories inside of us, including our biology and physiology, our consciousness and emotions, have everything to do with what is around us? What if parallel universes or timelines—as reflected in new scientific discoveries as well as ancient indigenous forms of knowing—are informing our present tense? New directions in narrative can help us ask more interesting questions about ourselves and the world—or worlds—we inhabit, she concluded.
***"Curious, empathetic, compassionate: What we should be as human beings."***