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Climate Fiction Reading Group

A growing number of literary fiction is using climate change as a central theme. We meet once a month at Biskopshuset for a breakfast seminar to explore how climate change is lived, approached, and told. Taking the novel as a starting point we delve into topics on why it is difficult to let go of the known, on loss, anger and grief, and desirable visions of a future. Anyone interested is welcome but registration is mandatory. We have a few copies of each novel that you can borrow, first come first served.

Whether we humans are best motivated by fear of an impending apocalypse or if we rather need hope and visions of a better future is a recurring discussion among climate activists, journalists and researchers of many fields. This has been frequently discussed in this book club as well and for anyone interested in joining the discussion, this spring will be a perfect opportunity as every other story (or collection of stories) below is hopeful and every other story is one of doom.

Because of the ongoing pandemic seminars will be held online. The seminars start at 8:30 and end around 10:00. To attend you have to register, follow the links below to do so.

 

23 February: Sunvault, a collection of solarpunk short stories. Edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Christopher

23 March: The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada

27 April: Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

25 May: The Wall, John Lanchester

 

Books we have read

Autumn 2020

The Overstory, Richard Powers

Wolf Totem, Jiang Rong

Of Ants and Dinosaurs, Liu Cixin

Year of the Drought, Roland Buti

 

Spring 2020

American War, Omar El Akkad

Tentacle, Rita Indiana

Gun Island, Amitav Ghosh

Bangkok Wakes to Rain, Pitchaya Sudbanthad

 

Autumn 2019

Floodland, Marcus Sedgwick

Green Earth, Kim Stanley Robinson

The Swan Book, Alexis Wright

Walkaway, Cory Doctorow

The Sands of Sarasvati, Risto Isomäki

 

Spring 2019

Blå, Maja Lunde

Gold Fame Citrus, Claire Vaye Watkins

Slutet, Mats Strandberg

What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah

The Floating World, Morgan C. Babst

 

Autumn 2018

History of Bees, Maja Lunde

Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver

New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson

Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer

 

 

Do you want to read any of the titles listed above? You can borrow them from our library if you work or live close to Lund. Just send an e-mail to Alexandra Nikoleris.