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“Altar to an Erupting Sun” with authors Chuck Collins and Judith Schwartz

September 15, 2023 @ 6:00pm-7:30pm


Northshire Bookstore hosts an event for a “provocative book, dangerous in the way it makes us think hard about what we might need to do to save Earth’s biosphere” (Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Ministry for the Future): Altar to an Erupting Sun by Chuck Collins
in conversation with author Judith Schwartz

Altar to an Erupting Sun is a near-future story of one community facing climate disruption in the critical decade ahead. Rae Kelliher is a veteran environmental activist and pioneer in the death-with-dignity movement. Facing a diagnosis of terminal illness, she engages in a shocking suicide murder, taking the life of an oil company CEO for his role in delaying responses to climate disruption. Seven years later, Rae’s friends and family gather at her Vermont farm community to try to understand her violent exit and the rapid social transformations around them.
With characters based on people in the area and the region featured in the book, this event is truly a homecoming for the book!

“A fascinating look at movements and the people who make them up, in the spirit of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Ministry for the Future.”
—Bill McKibben, co-founder of Third Act and 350.org

“…This book has it all: a recipe for poppy tea, a short history of U.S. imperialism in the last 70 years, highlights of the nonviolent resistance that met it every step of the way, a compelling argument for green burials and funeral services for the living. You will fall in love with these characters, which will help you love your friends and yourself a little more. You will remember to revere this planet…”
—Frida Berrigan, activist and author of It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised By Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood

“This novel is indeed a gift to our remembrance and inspiration for our future. Collins tells a story of a movement, or movements, which need to be told. I know these stories, love them, and have lived many of them with characters bigger than life, more courageous than any heroes of the past, and a commitment to Mother Earth.”
—Winona LaDuke, Honor the Earth, author of All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life

Chuck Collins is a campaigner and storyteller who has worked for decades on environmental and economic justice campaigns. He is the Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is co-founder of DivestInvest.org, a global movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions, a trustee of the Post-Carbon Institute and Resilience.org, and a founding board member of the Patriotic Millionaires.
His 2021 book, The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Trillions, is about the wealth-hiding industry (Polity). He is the author of the popular book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green) and, with Bill Gates Sr., Wealth and Our Commonwealth (Beacon Press), a case for taxing inherited fortunes.

Judith D. Schwartz is an author who tells stories to explore and illuminate scientific concepts and cultural nuance. She takes a clear-eyed look at global environmental, economic, and social challenges, and finds insights and solutions in natural systems. She writes for numerous publications, including The American Prospect, The Guardian, Discover, Scientific American, and YaleE360. Her latest book, “The Reindeer Chronicles”, is a global tour of earth repair, featuring stops in Norway, Spain, Hawai’i, New Mexico, and beyond.
Judy has a B.A. from Brown University, an M.S.J. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern. She lives and works on the side of a mountain in Vermont with her husband, author Tony Eprile, and cherishes visits from their musician son, Brendan. When it snows, she cross-country skis, and when ski season is over, she’s in the garden. Three times a week she trains in Uechi-Ryu karate, and has reached the rank of Nidan. Whatever she’s doing, she will stop to listen to the song of the hermit thrush. Which sounds like this.

Northshire Bookstore is a family-owned, independent, community bookstore dedicated to the art of bookselling and the highest standard of service. With locations in Manchester Center, Vermont, and Saratoga Springs, New York, Northshire is proud to offer one of the finest and largest collections of new, used and rare books in New England, with over 300,000 titles in each location. Additionally, we offer a curated collection of vinyl records, stationary, gifts and home goods, with a focus on featuring the work of local artisans.
Online, northshire.com offers access to over 10 million titles with the same personal nature of our in-store shopping experience. We aim to super-serve our loyal customers, both local and out of state, and our team works diligently to ensure that online shoppers are afforded the utmost attention and care in their search, purchases, and in the delivery of their selections.
Northshire is fortunate to be a part of such supportive communities as Manchester and Saratoga Springs; we thrive in the context of the collective, and in doing so, place a heavy emphasis on giving back. We engage in collaborative efforts with each towns’ school system, and we support local charities/non-profits. Additionally, we established the Book Angel Program (“Books for Kids”) to ensure that local children whose families cannot afford books will receive at least one literary gift for the holiday.


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