Apocalyptic Planet Author Craig Childs Shares His Journey in Pittsfield Nov. 15

Craig Childs is the go-to science guy and commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition and is headed for Pittsfield.

In an evening at the Lichtenstein Center, he’s going to share all the brilliance that went into his fascinating book Apocalyptic Planet. The ever-fascinating Childs will takes those of us in the Berkshires on a firsthand journey through apocalypse, touching on the scientific truths behind the many theories and theological speculation.

The earth has died many times, and it always comes back looking different. In an exhilarating, surprising exploration of our planet, Craig Childs takes readers on a firsthand journey through apocalypse, touching the truth behind the speculation. Apocalyptic Planet is a combination of science and adventure that reveals the ways in which our world is constantly moving toward its end and how we can change our place within the cycles and episodes that rule it.

Craig Childs photo by JT Thomas

Join you literary and science friends at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, at 28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on Thursday, November 15th beginning at 7:00 P.M. to learn more about Childs’ journey to some of the harshest environments on our planet and his discoveries of just how swiftly the earth can change. Orion magazine editor Jennifer Sahn will introduce him.

Apocalyptic Planet is a combination of science and adventure that reveals the ways in which our world is constantly moving toward its end and how we can change our place within the cycles and episodes that rule it.

Books will be available for purchase on site, provided by The Bookstore. The event is free to the public and is co-sponsored by Orion Magazine. Orion is an award-winning not-for-profit magazine based in the Berkshires whose mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community.

Booklist magazine praised Childs’ Apocalyptic Planet, writing “ruminating on our distant past and present changes, he blends climate science, natural history, literary references, and personal reflections to create an immensely evocative sense of time and place. From Greenland’s glaciers to a blistering hot Iowa cornfield (a place Childs characterizes as suffering from ‘genetic exhaustion’), he immerses himself in parts of our world that scientists endlessly study but we willfully ignore. He consults great minds, cajoles friends into sharing his adventures (with often hilarious results), and brings his mother along in an attempt to gather clues and form conclusions about the end of the world as we know it. Surprisingly, this is not a work of darkest sorrow but rather an engaging exploration of the land beneath us and the sixth mass extinction that scientists agree is underway.”

Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, calling the book “A mesmerizing and provocative look at our ever-changing, ever-ending planet…Childs’s lively writing reveals awesome, otherworldy landscapes.”

Childs is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed books about natural sciences, archeology, and his remarkable journeys to the edges of our globe. He is a regular commentator on NPR, Morning Edition and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Outside, Orion and various other publications. For more information about the author, visit www.houseofrain.com.

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