Concord, MassachusettsTwo weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Events: India’s Natural World in Crisis
Book: A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka
Meera Subramanian is an award-winning journalist whose work about culture and the environment has been published around the world. Her writing has been anthologized in Best American Science and Nature Writing and multiple editions of Best Women’s Travel Writing. She will be a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT in 2016-17 and was a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research fellow in 2013-14.
A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka is a lyrical and intimate tapestry of five stories dealing with life, loss, and survival in modern-day India. Subramanian travels in search of ordinary people and micro-enterprises rescuing India’s natural world from crisis. An engineer-turned-farmer brings organic food to Indian plates. Villagers revive a dead river. Well-intentioned cook stove designers quest after a smokeless fire. Biologists bring vultures back from the brink of extinction. And in Bihar, one of India’s most impoverished states, a bold young woman teaches young adolescents the fundamentals of sexual health and in the process unleashes their untapped potential. In these true stories, Subramanian discovers both cautionary tales and renewed hope for a sustainable and prosperous future for India.
“What happens in India may turn out—even more than China—to be the key to the kind of environmental future the planet faces. Very few people are qualified to tell the story with as much clarity, compassion, and character-driven power as Meera Subramanian.” —Bill McKibben