Writer, editor, activist, scholar and journalist Bill McKibben is the reincarnation of Henry David Thoreau, but with an advanced degree, his own environmental advocacy organization, a website and a Prius. American Earth, McKibbens new anthology, collects the best eco-writing on overpopulation, consumerism, habitat preservation and energy policy along with classic work by writer-activists Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Al Gore and unexpected contributions from Lyndon Johnson, Joni Mitchell and R. Crumb. McKibbens own writing, from The End of Nature to his newest, Deep Economy, inspired the Step It Up campaign, which last year organized 2,000 demonstrations for action to stop global warming. Legendary writers have changed our world, Upton Sinclair to Jonathan Schell. Hear a great one argue his righteous piece.
Fri., Oct. 24, 7 p.m., 2008