Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Amy Brady interviews Elizabeth Rush on her new climate change-related nonfiction book ''RISING''


Amy Brady interviews Elizabeth Rush on her new climate change-related nonfiction book ''RISING''

Amy Brady’s monthly column in Chicago is usually dedicated to examining trends in climate fiction, or “cli-fi,” in partnership with Yale Climate Connections
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Ilaunched this “Burning Worlds” cli-fi trends column in February 2017 to explore how writers of contemporary fiction — novelists, poets, short-story authors — were addressing climate change with cli-fi. 
This month, I’m shaking things up with an interview with a different kind of storyteller, a nonfiction essayist extraordinaire!
You might remember Elizabeth Rush, a visiting lecturer of English at Brown University, from March’s column, wherein she recommended some of her favorite works of cli-fi after teaching a course on the subject. In June 2018, she released her latest book-length work of creative nonfiction, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. It combines testimonials, investigative reporting, and personal narrative to tell the story of how America’s coastal communities are adapting (or not) to sea-level rise.
''Rising'' lets the people who are experiencing sea-level rise firsthand speak their own truths. They teach us how it feels to know your home is threatened, the future uncertain.  ''Rising'' is a thoughtful, fascinating, and often deeply moving look at some of the country’s most vulnerable populations, and one of my favorite books of the year. I thought it deserved space in this column.

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