March 22, 2006
Director of Media Relations
(413) 542-8417

AMHERST, Mass. — Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker, will read from her newly released Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Based on her groundbreaking three-part series for the New Yorker, Kolbert’s book offers a startling, sober account of climate change and its wide-ranging effects on the environment. Despite one senator’s description of global warming as "the greatest hoax ever," the news from the field isn’t good: Kolbert’s investigation took her from a tent on the ice in Greenland to the floating houses of the Netherlands, and the experts she interviewed warned of the end of the world as we know it. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said of the book, “In this riveting view of the apocalypse already upon us, Kolbert mesmerizes with her poetic cadence.” A former political reporter for the New York Times, Kolbert lives with her family in Williamstown, Mass.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. For more information, please call 413/542-8200.