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“By drilling deep into the woods that enabled this country to conquer the world, Proulx has laid out the whole history of American capitalism and its rapacious destruction of the land.” - The Washington Post
“Annie Proulx is on the side of the angels. We need more writers like her to hammer home the message that we had better stop mistreating one another and our planet.” -The New York Times
Join us for a night with National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx. In conversation with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh President Jo Ellen Parker, Proulx will share the historic and moving landscapes of her new epic masterwork, Barkskins, about the taking down of the world’s forests. “For the past decade artists have been responding to what they see in a human-damaged world of the Anthropocene,” Proulx notes, “and part of my intention with Barkskins was to make a literary comment in the same vein”.
About Strange Times
These are strange times we live in: the first time in Earth’s history when humankind is the single greatest force shaping the planet’s future. Welcome to the Anthropocene, the age of the human, a new geological time in which human influence on the environment is so profound it will leave its legacy for millennia, written in the very strata record. Scientists and policy-makers have long had their say, but how are artists responding? Join us for Strange Times, a Carnegie Nexus programmatic series that taps the amazing material and intellectual assets of the four Carnegie Museums as they collaborate with other big thinkers on ideas that impact us all. Actors, writers, scientists, and musicians are leading us in this exploration of our strange times and even stranger future by reimagining what we mean by nature, technology— and, ultimately, being human. Learn more.
Proulx's books will be available for sale from our local bookseller Classic Lines.