Join us for a reading with author and editor Paul Bogard, who will read from his new anthology, Solastalgia: An Anthology of Emotion in a Disappearing World. A reading and conversation with author Leah Naomi Green will follow. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.
About the Book: “One of the penalties of an ecological education,” wrote Aldo Leopold, “is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” As climate change and other environmental degradations become more evident, experts predict that an increasing number of people will suffer emotional and psychological distress as a result. Many are feeling these effects already. In the pages of Solastalgia, they will find a source of companionship, inspiration, and advice.
The concept of solastalgia comes from the Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht, who describes it as “the homesickness we feel while still at home.” It’s the pain and longing we feel as we realize the world immediately around us is changing, with our love for that world serving as a catalyst for action on its behalf.
This powerful anthology brings together thirty-four writers—educators, journalists, poets, and scientists—to share their emotions in the face of environmental crisis. They share their solastalgia, their beloved places, their vulnerability, their stories, their vision of what we can create.
About Paul Bogard: Paul Bogard is the author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, a finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His most recent works include the edited anthology Solastalgia: An Anthology of Emotion in a Disappearing World, the coffee table book To Know a Starry Night, and the children’s book What if Night? Paul is an associate professor of English at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he teaches environmental literature and writing. Find him at paul-bogard.com.
About Leah Naomi Green: Leah Naomi Green is the author of The More Extravagant Feast (Graywolf Press), selected by Li-Young Lee for the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and named “one of the best books of 2020” by The Boston Globe. She is the recipient of a Civitella Ranieri fellowship, a Lucille Clifton Legacy Award, and an Academy of American Poets Climate Action Poetry Prize, among other honors. Green teaches environmental studies and English at Washington and Lee University. She lives in Rockbridge County, Virginia, where she and her family homestead and grow or find much of their food for the year.
Solastalgia will be released on February 14. To order the book, please see below for the New Dominion Bookshop book order form or call the shop at 434-295-2552.
"A striking, resonant collection. I can’t think of another anthology of environmental writing that focuses so explicitly and directly on emotional responses to what’s happening—to specific, tangible aspects of what’s typically called ‘the Anthropocene.’ "
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