Bathsheba Demuth - "Floating Coast"

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Bathsheba Demuth

“A cautionary, instructive tale highly recommended for readers with an interest in environmental conservation.”Library Journal (starred review)

“Demuth emphasizes the Bering Strait as a point of intersection between the human and natural worlds…. [All sections of Floating Coast] speak to the complexity of the area in general and to its fascinating legacy, a history Demuth’s authoritative chronicle conveys with both insight and, in an era of climactic peril, urgency.”Publishers Weekly

A discussion with Bathsheba Demuth, author of Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At 57th Street Books

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About the Book: The first-ever comprehensive history of Beringia, the Arctic land and waters stretching from Russia to Canada, Floating Coast breaks away from familiar narratives to provide a fresh and fascinating perspective on an overlooked landscape. The unforgiving territory along the Bering Strait had long been home to humans—the Inupiat and Yupik in Alaska, and the Yupik and Chukchi in Russia—before Americans and Europeans arrived with revolutionary ideas for progress. Rapidly, these frigid lands and waters became the site of an ongoing experiment: How, under conditions of extreme scarcity, would the great modern ideologies of capitalism and communism control and manage the resources they craved?

About the Author: Bathsheba Demuth is an environmental historian at Brown University, specializing in the United States and Russia, and in the history of energy and past climates. She has lived in and studied Arctic communities across Eurasia and North America.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637