Start your summer of reading with new books that celebrate the natural wonders of the world with The Nature of Writing Series, co-hosted by Village Books and North Cascades Institute. From smart crows to the distant Arctic, American history to environmental memoir, you'll learn more about our wondrous planet through the voices of some of our country's best nature interpreters. Come listen to Subhankar Banerjee talk about his book Arctic Voices as part of this series. This event is free.
Largely uninhabited and long at the margins of global affairs, in the last decade Arctic Alaska has quickly become the most contested land in recent US history. Shell has spent more than $4 billion over five years in its quest to exploit the vast oil and natural gas resources believed to lie off the north coast of Alaska, and are pushing to begin exploratory drilling as soon as July, going so far as to file a preemptive legal strike against more than a dozen environmental organizations likely to oppose the drilling.
World-renowned photographer, writer, and activist Subhankar Banerjee brings together first-person narratives from more than thirty prominent activists, writers, and researchers who address issues of climate change, resource war, and human rights with stunning urgency and groundbreaking research. Arctic Voices includes 32 pages of color photographs of this breathtaking region and an introductory essay by Banjerjee. From Gwich'in activist Sarah James's impassioned appeal, "We Are the Ones Who Have Everything to Lose," during the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in 2009 to an original piece by acclaimed historian Dan O'Neill about his recent trips to the Yukon River fish camps to an essay by Pamela Miller, the Arctic Program Director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, about the harmful effects of past drilling in Alaska's North Slope, Arctic Voices is a window into a remarkable region. Other contributors include Velma Wallis, whose debut novel, Two Old Women, has sold over a million copies, Nick Jans, a contributing editor to Alaska magazine, Robert Thompson, an Iñupiat conservationist, George Archibald, the co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, Cindy Shogan, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League, Jeff Fair, a wildlife biologist and contributor to Audubon and Alaska magazines, and Peter Matthiessen, a three-time National Book Award–winning novelist and environmental activist.
Subhankar Banerjee is an Indian born American photographer, writer, educator and activist. Over the past decade he has been a leading international voice on issues of arctic conservation, indigenous human rights, resource development and climate change. In 2003 Subhankar published Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, a photo book of his fourteen-month long journey in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Through a Lannan Foundation grant, 10,000 copies of the book were donated to libraries and policy makers across the country. The accompanying exhibition at the Smithsonian was censored during the Bush administration. In 2010 Subhankar founded www.climatestorytellers.org and in 2011 he was appointed Director's Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Read an article by Subhankar about his new book in the online publication, Common Dreams.