Boston Book Festival 2021 Boston Book Festival 2021

Sunday, October 24, 2021

- EDT
BBF Unbound: After "Nature Writing"
Kerri Arsenault
Kerri Arsenault
Mill Town, Sunday, October 24 | virtual
Kate Brown
Kate Brown
Manual for Survival, Sunday, October 24 | virtual
Joan Naviyuk Kane
Joan Naviyuk Kane
Dark Traffic, Sunday, October 24 | virtual
Bathsheba Demuth
Bathsheba Demuth
Floating Coast, Sunday, October 24 | virtual
Tony Perry
Tony Perry
Sunday, October 24 | virtual

Our panel of writers, teachers, and activists will discuss the elements environmental writers bring to storytelling: how to tell or teach stories that support political action, reveal or foster a better understanding of past and present environmental crises, and how writing can narrate interconnections of people and places across genres. Each contributor connects Boston-area concerns with larger geographies and histories: Inupiaq poet Joan Naviyuk Kane links her Alaskan homelands with her current home in Cambridge; Kate Brown connects distant nuclear and local plant histories; historian Tony Perry examines the relationship of enslaved peoples in the early United States with their environments; Kerri Arsenault traces pollution in the Northeast; and panel moderator Bathsheba Demuth connects histories of New England and the Arctic. Through guiding questions about genre, audience, and writing across disciplines, the panelists will discuss how the past and present can be linked through storytelling to an environmentally just future.