Madeline Ostrander Presents "At Home On an Unruly Planet"

Author MADELINE OSTRANDER will read from and discuss her new book At Home On An Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge On A Changed Earth. From rural Alaska to coastal Florida, it's a vivid and hopeful account of Americans working to protect the places they call home in an era of wildfires, floods, and uncertainty—including efforts in Richmond, California, to transform a city built around an oil industry giant, the Chevron refinery.

Co-hosted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute, Madeline will be joined by KQED reporter Ezra David Romero and the Richmond Listening Project's Alfredo Angulo to talk about how Richmond and other frontline communities are finding resilience amid new threats, recovering after almost unthinkable disasters, and reimagining themselves in a time of climate emergency.

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How do we find a sense of home and rootedness in a time of unprecedented upheaval? What happens when the seasons and rhythms in which we have built our lives go off-kilter? Once a distant forecast, climate change is now reaching into the familiar, threatening our basic safety and forcing us to reexamine who we are and how we live. In At Home on an Unruly Planet, Ostrander reflects on this crisis not as an abstract scientific or political problem but as a palpable force that is now affecting all of us at home. She offers accounts of people fighting to protect places they love from increasingly dangerous circumstances, from a group of urban farmers work to transform Richmond, California, in the wake of a disastrous refinery fire to a Florida preservationist striving to protect one of North America's most historic cities from rising seas.  Ostrander pairs deeply reported stories of hard-won optimism with lyrical essays on the strengths we need in an era of crisis. The book is required reading for anyone who wants to make a home in the twenty-first century.

MADELINE OSTRANDER is a science journalist and writer whose work has appeared in the, The Nation, Sierra magazine, PBS's NOVA Next, Slate, and numerous other outlets. Her reporting on climate change and environmental justice has taken her to locations such as the Alaskan Arctic and the Australian outback. She is the former senior editor of YES! magazine and holds a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She lives in Seattle with her husband.


THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:50 pm on October 5th.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth By Madeline Ostrander Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250620514
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - August 2nd, 2022