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Jeff Goodell: The Water Will Come

Many of us live, to some degree, in denial about climate change. Even if the argument over the reality of climate change is resolved, can we actually imagine a flooded earth?

In his new book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World, award-winning environmental journalist Jeff Goodell sets out to confront the specific implications of rising sea levels. Travelling across 12 countries, reporting on the ground and interviewing front-line scientists and engineers, Goodell describes the change we’re seeing already and the upheaval we can anticipate, from Miami Beach to the megacity of Lagos.

An award-winning author and reporter for Rolling Stone and the New York Times, Goodell paints a vivid, detailed and alarming picture. ‘It’s often argued that climate change is a problem that impacts everyone on the planet,’ he writes. ‘What’s less obvious is that the solutions to climate change are already deepening the divide between the doomed and the saved.’

With Tony Birch, Goodell will talk coastlines, climate apartheid and new frontiers.

Dymocks Camberwell will be our bookseller at this event.

Who?

Portrait of Jeff Goodell

Jeff Goodell

Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Our Story: 77 Hours That Tested Our Friendship and Our Faith. Goodell’s memoir, Sunnyvale: The Rise and Fall of a Silicon Valley Family, was a New York Times Notable Book. The New York Times called his most recent book, Big Coal, 'a compelling indictment of one of the country’s biggest, most powerful and most antiquated industries ... well-written, timely, and powerful.'

Portrait of Tony Birch

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent. He has published three novels; The White GirlGhost River and Blood. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s DayThe Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature. In 2021 he released two new books, a poetry book, Whisper Songs and a new short story collection, Dark As Last Night.

Mayhem

An alchemy of writers. An explosion of ideas.

Do you like your military history with a side of hip-hop? How about fabulist fiction beside trailblazing journalism? This May, take your brain out for a spin. You’ll meet Pulitzer-winners, YA stars, eminent historians, poets, rappers and some of the world’s best living novelists.

Event partners

Logos of partner organisations: Sydney Writers Festival, Auckland Writers Festival, State Library Victoria, State Library of Queensland, Byron Writers Festival and 3RRR

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