EVENTS AND WRITING WORKSHOPS
Join this special evening conversation about science storytelling and grassroots climate action with award-winning author and journalist Madeline Ostrander and University of Washington Associate Teaching Professor P. Sean McDonald. Ostrander will talk with McDonald about her acclaimed book, At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth; how and why she uses the tools of narrative journalism to write about science; and what we can learn from community-based stories about the solutions to climate change. At the end, we’ll have time for a lively round of questions and beverages. Third Place Books will make books available for purchase at the event.
Join us for an evening of storytelling, art, and conversation about wildfire, climate change, hope, and recovery. Madeline Ostrander’s debut nonfiction book, At Home on an Unruly Planet, chronicles the Methow Valley’s journeys through wildfires and recovery—alongside four other communities that have faced impacts of climate change at home, from Alaska to Florida, and found grassroots solutions. The book also features cover art from Methow-based artist Sarah Gilman.
Join us to hear Madeline Ostrander’s talk, “The Power of Home in an Era of Climate Crisis.” Drawn from her book, At Home on an Unruly Planet, Ostrander will discuss what she has learned about hope, grit, and resilience from people who live on the front lines of climate change.
This event is in-person at the Lummi Island Grange and on Zoom.
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Paper Boat Books will be selling copies of Unruly Planet, which the author can sign after the talk.
On April 6 at the Richmond Public Library, Doria Robinson and Madeline Ostrander will talk about what Richmond has to teach and offer other communities, how Richmonders have been reimagining their city’s future, and what we can all learn from places that are facing climate impacts.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 6:00 p.m. EST, virtual
Science journalist and author Madeline Ostrander will discuss her recently published book At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth as part of the library’s theme of climate justice activism. Acting as interlocutor for this conversation is Greg M. Epstein, humanist chaplain at Harvard and MIT and New York Times-bestselling author.
Class at Seattle’s Hugo House: Building Characters from Real Life
Characters breathe life into a story, turning an abstract idea into a vivid representation of human experience. In nonfiction, writers build characters from the raw and messy material of real life. In this class, we’ll talk about techniques for rendering yourself and others as characters through scenes, dialog, and telling details. We’ll explore strategies from nonfiction, memoir, and journalism for researching and digging deeply into the thoughts, habits, manners, quirks, and substance of your characters.
A Night of Richmond Storytelling: Open mic, book talk, music, mingling and food
A night of Richmond storytelling about people power, climate justice, and reimagining the world, with author Madeline Ostrander, Urban Tilth executive director Doria Robinson, and Rich City Rides executive director Najari Smith. Emceed by local poet, author, and educator Ptah Tracey Mitchell. With an open mic, a book talk, food, and music. Co-presented with The Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.
Madeline Ostrander with KQED’s Ezra Romero and the Richmond Listening Project’s Alfredo Angulo, Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore
Madeline Ostrander talks about reimagining home in frontline communities—including Richmond, California—with KQED climate reporter Ezra David Romero and the Richmond Listening Project’s Alfredo Angulo at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley. Co-presented with The Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.
Finding Refuge and Resilience in Climate Crisis
Event and workshop open exclusively to MIT affiliates
In a time of climate crisis, the very definition of what it means to live an ethical life is in flux. Explore the search for purpose, ethics, and resilience in an unruly world, at this book talk / discussion / mini writers’ workshop featuring journalist and author Madeline Ostrander, in conversation with MIT humanist chaplain and convener for ethical life, Greg M. Epstein.
Sponsors: the MIT Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL), the MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellowship, and MIT Radius.
Book Talk with Madeline Ostrander and Christine Woodside
Tuesday, October 26, 2022, in-person and live-streamed, University of Rhode Island
In At Home, Ostrander, who frequently reports on climate change, energy, and environmental justice, offers four vivid accounts of American communities finding hope, solutions, and resilience amid the floods, storms, and wildfires stoked by climate change. Her book “reflects on what it means to make a home in this era of upheaval and transition.” Woodside is a writer, historian, editor, a Visiting Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut, and former chair of the Metcalf Institute Advisory Board whose work focuses on the environment and American history.
Join us for conversation on October 26 both in-person and virtually. The event will be live-streamed on Youtube, and we also will gather in person at the Anchor Room in the Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center at URI’s Kingston Campus. An in-person reception, where refreshments will be served, will be held from 5:00-5:30 p.m., followed by the moderated discussion from 5:30-6:30 p.m.