Book Discussion a Conversation About Climate Change

A dialogue on concerns in Idaho about climate change will take the form of a book discussion based on Barbara Kingsolver’s fictional book, “Flight Behavior.”
“Idaho’s Changing Climate: A Conversation” will be Wednesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m., at the Innovation Den at 418 E. Lakeside in Coeur d’Alene.
The conversation about Kingsolver’s novel will led by English professor Jennifer Ladino, University of Idaho, and science educator Kayla Bordelon, Natural Resources and Society, both former National Park Service rangers.
“The discussion will look for common concerns in Idaho about climate change,” Ladino said. “Everyone is welcome to join the conversation — even if you haven’t finished the book!”
Copies of the book are available to check out at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library’s Research and Information Desk, 702 E. Front Ave. Participants who don’t have a library card can bring in a photo ID and something with their mailing address on it and we will receive a card free of charge. The card will be good for any library in the Cooperative Information Network.
Kingsolver is a biologist by training, and has won many prizes for her fiction. Set in a small Appalachian town, “Flight Behavior” features a diverse set of characters — including scientists and environmentalists — and very different belief systems — fundamentalist Christians and atheists, among others.
In Kingsolver’s fictional world, these people find a common interest in protecting our at-risk environment. The novel has been praised for addressing climate change impartially, with a “deft and versatile empathy” that invites a wide range of readers into the conversation.
This free event is funded by an Idaho Humanities Council Opportunity Grant and is affiliated with the University of Idaho Confluence Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab addressing environmental issues in Idaho. Additional support has been provided by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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