The time for futuristic climate fiction—for climate warnings—is over. The effects of global warming are here and ongoing. Yet unlike with other large-scale human-made problems like racism and sexism, we don’t have any experience with how to live with those effects, let alone what they will look like five years from now. How do we write about a thing when we don’t know what it looks like, or at least what living with it looks like? What is the role and use of fiction then?
Join novelist and scholar Mathew Salesses for a discussion that encourages writers to consider these questions and concerns in their own writing.
Matthew Salesses is a novelist, scholar, and Korean adoptee who has written and spoken widely about adoption, race, and parenting for many national venues. His acclaimed first novel The Hundred-Year Flood was an Amazon Bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of September, and a Kindle First pick, among others. Buzzfeed also named him one of 32 Essential Asian American Writers in 2015. His latest works are Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear and Craft in the Real World. Matthew is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia University.
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We’re pleased that this event is co-sponsored by the School of Creative Writing at UBC-V and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC-O.