BRATTLEBORO—Environmentalist and activist Bill McKibben speaks about his new book, Radio Free Vermont, on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m., at The Stone Church, 210 Main St.
To say that the current news cycle is brutal would be a gross understatement. Seemingly every day — or depending on how often you check your social media feeds — every hour, there is a new crisis in America. With the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s election victory approaching, turn off your cell phone, put the cable news on mute, and read this fable.
In Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance, McKibben imagines what happens when a group of activists from the Green Mountain State manages the unthinkable: seceding from the Union. It’s timely, thought provoking, and funny.
As Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine, wrote, “Only Bill McKibben could set out to write his first novel and
produce an addictive caper loaded with craft beer, contract spies, and chase scenes on cross-country skis! This is James-Bond-meets-A-Prairie-Home-Companion and no one but McKibben could pull it off.”
McKibben’s The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in
24 languages; he’s gone on to write dozen more books, including Eaarth and Oil & Honey. He is a founder of 350.Org, the first
planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.
A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes frequently for publications around the world, including The New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone, and teaches at Middlebury College.