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      May 14, 2019

      Tuesday   7:00 PM

      1611 Harbor Rd
      Shelburne, Vermont 05482

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      Bill McKibben at the Coach Barn!

      The Flying Pig Bookstore is honored to be partnering with Shelburne Farms for an evening with Bill McKibben and his new book, FALTER: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?   Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 pm -- Shelburne Farms Coach Barn Tickets are free, but please register here at Eventbrite to reserve a seat. Books will be on sale at the event at a special discount of 20% off. Attendees may also pre-purchase their books through the Flying Pig and receive the discount. About the book: Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out. Join us for an event with one of America’s most outspoken climate activists. Since authoring his landmark 1989 book on climate change, The End of Nature, McKibben’s work continues to provoke authority. In 2007, Deep Economy predicted the "shop local” movement while criticizing the too-rapid growth of multi-national corporations as they bleached away main streets across America. He founded Step It Up, 350.org, was outspoken against the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and offered a frequent voice of dissent in the 2016 election.  In his new book, Falter, McKibben looks beyond the threat of climate change — to artificial technology, robotics, and a rampant onslaught of new technologies, threatening the variety of human experience. At the core of McKibben’s most recent work is an essential question: What do we want our future to be? Falter and other titles by Bill McKibben will be available from the Flying Pig Bookstore at the event at a special discount for attendees. In addition, 10% of your purchases will support the work of Shelburne Farms. About the Author: Bill McKibben is a founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to have warned of the dangers of global warming. He is the author of the bestsellers The End of Nature, Eaarth, and Deep Economy. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and the winner of the Gandhi Prize, the Thomas Merton Prize, and the Right Livelihood Prize. He lives in Vermont. *** Please join us Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 pm in the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn (Doors open at 6:30. Please allow an extra ten minutes to drive from the entrance of Shelburne Farms to the Coach Barn, and park.) *** ADVANCE PRAISE FOR FALTER: Publishers Weekly review (01/31/2019): Three decades after bringing news of climate change to a broad audience with the book The End of Nature, environmental scholar McKibben once again examines the impact of global warming in unsettling look at the prospects for human survival. He notes at the outset that, as a writer, he owes his readers honesty, not hope, of which there's little to be found. McKibben does find cause for optimism in two human "technologies" or innovations--nonviolent protests and solar panels--"that could prove decisive if fully employed." But he suspects that humanity won't do so. He also examines how Ayn Rand's outsize influence prevented American government from effectively responding to global warming and how Exxon concealed its own researchers' findings about the threat. His analysis factors in two other developments, in addition to global warming, as causes for worry. Unregulated artificial intelligence could lead to self-improving AI which would "soon outstrip our ability to control it," and which might eventually deem human life unnecessary. Meanwhile, advances in bioengineering have brought new plausibility to seemingly fantastic concepts such as designer children and even immortality; McKibben makes clear that such "progress" would radically change what it means to be human. Readers open to inconvenient and sobering truths will find much to digest in McKibben's eloquently unsparing treatise.   Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission. *** Library Journal review (03/01/2019): McKibben [...] continues his decades-long exposition of the ever-increasing dangers of climate change as well as considers how artificial intelligence may threaten our future. The author combines these two threads to warn that humans may be reaching the end of their "game" on earth. He first presents a data-rich examination of the implications of rising global temperatures, then turns his attention to the ideas that have led to our current economic inequality, specifically, the libertarian ideas of Ayn Rand that have influenced many politicians and most entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. He also discusses the new frontier of gene editing and its implications for combatting disease, but also for creating designer babies, which could increase societal inequality. After discussing new trends in space exploration, he notes that no planet has the benefits we should hope to salvage here on earth, presenting a sobering case for hope and a plan of action that focuses on nonviolent resistance and solar panels. Absorbing and gracefully written, this work will leave readers with much to consider. VERDICT: Highly recommended for thoughtful audiences with a concern for life on our planet.--Caren Nichter, Univ. of Tennessee at Martin Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission. *** Many thanks to the Adirondack Center for Writing for the image of Bill McKibben. We couldn't find a photo credit for this image, but you can see it at: https://adirondackcenterforwriting.org/2018/06/26/an-evening-with-bill-mckibben/

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