Nature/Literary Fiction

The Mill

1:30 p.m.

Navigating Environmental Futures Through Science and Storytelling

Presented by GIER

Presenters: Holly Hogan (Message in a Bottle) and Thomas Wharton (The Book of Rain)

Session Format: Readings, interviews, and discussion

Host: GIER Director Dr. Madhur Anand (ecologist, writer, poet)

How can art and science help us navigate both the beauty and the horrors of our time, and clear a pathway forward? Join us for an afternoon of literary brilliance as we interrogate two recent books, one fiction, one non-fiction, and discuss the complexities of the climate and biodiversity crises with their authors. In a conversation moderated by GIER Director Dr. Madhur Anand (an ecologist and writer), wildlife biologist and writer Holly Hogan will share her reflections on the marine environment from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and Thomas Wharton will explore the themes of nature, stewardship, and humanity in his haunting new novel.

The Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER) is an interdisciplinary institute at the University of Guelph tackling the world’s environmental problems through innovation and interdisciplinary collaborations. In our Environment Bound author series, GIER transcends the boundaries between creativity and critical thinking, inviting creative writers (writing in any genre) to speak on their work at the nexus of research and writing in any aspect of the environment.



Holly Hogan

Message in a Bottle: Ocean Dispatches from a Seabird Biologist
Published by Knopf Canada (Penguin Random House Canada)

Thomas Wharton

The Book of Rain
Published by Penguin Random House Canada

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