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Posted on: September 4, 2020

Branigan Library Introduces Climate Reads book Club

Parable of a sower

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library introduces the new Climate Reads Book Club. The book club is part of a national community of readers and writers participating in a year-long reading and discussion of books shedding light on the climate crisis and environmental justice. The project was created by the Brooklyn Public Library and Writers Rebel NYC. Las Cruces will host a local discussion with the first being held on Zoom on Tuesday, September 29th at 6 p.m.

The kickoff book for September is Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions.

Copies of each monthly book will be available for checkout both in print and as an ebook. To be added to the Zoom invite list for the monthly discussion contact bsauer@las-cruces.org.

This document can be made available in alternative formats by calling 575/528-3154 (voice) or 575/528-4008 (TTY).

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