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December 03, 2009

Where's the Great American Climate Change Novel?

 


The Nation posted this neat video featuring playwright Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America, talking about climate change and how artists engage environmental issues.

This reminded us of something Bill McKibben wrote back in 2005. It seems when it comes to books about climate change or any aspect of environmentalism, most are nonfiction. Many non-documentary movies have a green sheen, it’s true. But from A Sand County Almanac and Silent Spring all the way to McKibben and Michael Pollan, nonfiction dominates lists of the most important environmental books. This begs the question: where's the Great American Climate Change Novel? Or how about the green bodice-rippers or eco-conscious chick-lit or spy novels?

So tell us: What are your favorite environmentally-themed fiction books? What's your idea for good eco-novel?

--Année Tousseau

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