June 26, 7PM at Back of Beyond Books: David Gessner in conversation about his new book, A TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO THE END OF THE WORLD: TALES OF FIRE, WIND, AND WATER

In A Traveler’s Guide to the End of the World, David Gessner asks what the world will be like in 2064, when his
daughter, Hadley, is the same age he was when she was born. What is the future of weather? Of heat, storms, and

fire? Today, the world is burning and the seas are rising. What was once predicted is now here. In this eye-open-
ing tour of climate hotspots, Gessner takes readers from the Gulf of Mexico to the burning American West to

New York City to the fragile Outer Banks, where homes are being swallowed by the seas. With his usual sense of
humor, compassion, and a willingness to talk to anyone, Gessner considers earth’s extremes in a story of climate
crisis that will both entertain and shake people awake to the necessity of navigating this new age together.


“In a sort of culmination of his writings to date, David Gessner invites us along on his journey to
the end of the world as we know it. Visiting old friends and reacquainting himself with old (and
very much changed) landmarks we see through his eyes, not just the changes wrought by current
climate change but what happened in places like Chaco Canyon, Phoenix, and the Outer Banks

hundreds of years ago. Yes, we’ve surely made a mess of things and yet, Gessner shows some pos-
sible ways forward and introduces us to people who are doing remarkable work. With his signature

humor, Gessner manages to show us the worst while helping us hope for the best. Share this with
your climate denial friends this year!” —ANNE HOLMAN, The King’s English Bookshop

Author Melissa L. Sevigny will be discussing her exciting new book, Brave the Wild River,at the moab_library tomorrow evening at 7pm! The event is free to the public, and we’re excited to hear Sevigny discuss her research into the first women who ran the Colorado.

To get ya prepped, here’s a review by Sophie:

Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon
By Melissa Sevigny 

“In the name of science, river running history was made.  In 1938, Dr. Elzada Clover and graduate student Lois Jotter were the first women to boat the entire length of the Grand Canyon and the first botanists to document its flora. The epic 43-day trip was envisioned by Clover and guided by pioneering Colorado River boatman, Norm Nevills. The botanical survey of Clover and Jotter is the only one to document the riparian species of the Grand Canyon before the Glen Canyon Dam was built. Through journal entries, letters and newspaper articles Melissa Sevigny has woven a top notch story about river running, women in science and the Colorado River.“

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Staff Pick this week is Shari’s! See what she has to say about this Indie Bestseller that was originally published in French in 2021 and has since been translated by Tina Kover for English-speaking readers.

The Postcard
By Anne Berest

“This is a beautifully crafted novel that takes readers on a journey through time and self-discovery. The story follows the Rabinovitch family: their flight from Russia following the revolution, their journey to Latvia, Palestine, and Paris. Interestingly, Berest has chosen the genre of fiction to interrogate her own family history, exploring themes of identity, belonging, and the significance of familial bonds. Berest adeptly examines how the past shapes the present and the ways in which our ancestors' experiences can influence our own lives. Anyone interested in either the City of Lights, history or calling up the past for a chance at reclaiming the present will love this novel as much as I did.”

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