SubText Books presents Paul Kingsnorth (author of Beast, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist) and Eric Utne in conversation at The University Club of Saint Paul on Tuesday, August 8th at 7:00 PM. Book signing to follow, with a cash bar on site.
This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paul-kingsnorth-eric-utne-at-the-university-club-tickets-35711552214
Edward Buckmaster is alone on an empty moor in the west of England. What he left behind we don’t yet know, but what he faces is an existential battle: with himself, the elements, and something he begins to see in the margins of his vision. A creature is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession. This shocking and exhilarating novel is a vivid exploration of isolation, courage, and the search for truth that continues the story set one thousand years earlier in Paul Kingsnorth’s bravura debut novel, The Wake. And now with Beast, Kingsnorth establishes himself as one of our most daring and rewarding contemporary writers.
About Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist:
Paul Kingsnorth was once an activist and an ardent environmentalist, fighting against rampant development and a corporate world hell-bent on ignoring a looming climate crisis in its relentless pursuit of profit. But as the environmental movement began to focus on “sustainability” rather than the defense of wild places for their own sake, and as global conditions worsened, he grew disenchanted with the movement that he once embraced. Kingsnorth gave up what he saw as the false hope that residents of the first world would ever make the kind of sacrifices that might avert the severe consequences of climate change.
Full of grief and fury as well as passionate, lyrical evocations of nature and the wild, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist gathers the wave-making essays that have charted the change in Kingsnorth’s thinking, including the much-discussed “Uncivilization” manifesto. He articulates a new vision called “dark ecology,” which stands firmly in opposition to the belief that technology can save us, and argues for a renewed balance between the human and nonhuman worlds. Iconoclastic, fearless, and ultimately hopeful, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist asks “the fundamental questions of our age” (George Monbiot).
About Paul Kingsnorth:
Paul Kingsnorth is the author of Beast and The Wake, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is cofounder of the Dark Mountain Project, a global network of writers, artists, and thinkers in search of new stories for a world on the brink.
About Eric Utne:
Eric Utne is the founder of Utne Reader, “a chronicle of the emerging culture.” In the 1990s the magazine formed the Neighborhood Salon Association to "revive the endangered art of conversation and start a revolution in your living room." Over 18,000 people joined, comprising nearly 500 neighborhood discussion groups across North America. He currently writes a back page column for the magazine, and is at work on a memoir, to be published by Random House.