Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Kolbert returns to Williams College


WILLIAMSTOWN — Class of 1946 Environmental Fellow-in-Residence Elizabeth Kolbert will hold a conversation at Williams College about her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, on the MainStage of the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission, and can be reserved online at 62center.williams.edu, and picked up on the night of the event. Call 413-597-3539 for assistance with this.

"The Sixth Extinction" is the Williams Reads book selection for fall 2016 at Williams College, and the event is part of a year-long campus initiative, "Confronting Climate Change."

The book won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2015, and the author investigates the future of planet Earth and the possibility of human extinction by examining natural history and her own reporting in the field.

Kolbert is also the author of "Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change" and "The Prophet of Love: And Other Tales of Power and Deceit," and is the editor of "The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009."

Her three-part series on global warming, "The Climate of Man," from which Field Notes was adapted, has won the 2006 National Magazine Award for Public Interest, the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award, and the 2006 National Academies Communication Award.

Kolbert grew up in the Bronx and went on to study literature at Yale University. After being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Universitat Hamburg, she wrote for "The New York Times" in Germany as a freelancer in 1983. In 1985, she went to work for the Metro desk, and served as the Albany bureau chief from 1988 to 1991. She wrote the "Metro Matters" column from 1997 to 1998. She's been a staff writer for "The New Yorker" since 1999, writing numerous book reviews, political profiles, and articles about climate change.

Info: 62center.williams.edu


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