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In partnership with Upstart & Crow Literary Arts Studio

On Time and Water

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Thursday, November 4, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

On Time and Water has been hailed by authors, climate scientists and media across the globe as a beautiful, literary way to look directly at the climate crisis; one that even offers hope at the future. Andri Snær Magnason wasn’t a climate scientist or specialist when he began this process but, he explains, “If you cannot understand our scientific findings and present them in an emotional, psychological, poetic or mythological context … then no one will really understand the issue, and the world will end.” How, then, did the public intellectual—and one of Iceland’s most beloved writers—begin this vital challenge? Discover that and more—including how one writes an obituary for a glacier, and how our understanding of human time can support a greater understanding of our obligations to one another.

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Climate Justice, Relationship with Land, Truth & Storytelling
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Andri Snær Magnason, master storyteller and environmental activist, is one of Iceland’s most celebrated writers. His book LoveStar won a Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation and France’s Le Grand prix de l’Imaginaire, and was an Icelandic Booksellers Award Novel of the Year. His children’s book, The Story of the Blue Planet, was the first children’s book to win the Icelandic Literary Award and was named best foreign children’s book in China. His work has been published or performed in more than thirty languages.
Andri Snær Magnason
Zoe Grams is a writer and entrepreneur working at the intersection of storytelling and social and environmental justice. She is founder of ZG Stories, a feminist B-Corporation that is one of the largest literary marketing agencies in North America. She is co-founder of Upstart & Crow Literary Arts Studio, an initiative that is credited with being a “literary living room” that “pushes the limits of what a bookstore can mean to a community.” Zoe consults with publishers, media companies and nonprofits and is thrilled to work as chief of staff for The Magic Canoe and as communications lead for Salmon Nation. Originally hailing from Scotland, she divides her time between the unceded shores and forests of the Tla-o-qui-aht nation, and land, now urban, unceded by the the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.
Zoe Grams