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Author Event with Paolo Bacigalupi, in conversation with local water expert

Join us as we host a discussion with author Paolo Bacigalupi and water expert Ashley Bembenek at the Center for the Arts on Tuesday, September 21st.   

Paolo Bacigalupi is an internationally bestselling author of speculative fiction. Paolo’s work often focuses on questions of sustainability and the environment, most notably the impacts of climate change. His latest novel for adults is The New York Times Bestseller THE WATER KNIFE, a near-future thriller about climate change and drought in the southwestern United States.  He will be joined by local water and soil scientist Ashley Bembenek.  Ashley Bembenek is the Executive Director of the Coal Creek Watershed Coalition, a non-advocacy environmental organization that has been actively working to "protect and restore" the watersheds surrounding Crested Butte, Colorado since 2003.  Ashley graduated with honors from Montana State University with a degree in environmental science that focused on soil and water.

Join us for a presentation on water issues in the West, an urgent and timely topic, as well as a Q&A session with both Paolo and Ashley. 

Articles/info about the Colorado River and the Colorado River Compact:

BBC 8/17/2021

Denver Post/George Sibley 4/27/2021

New York Times 8/27/2021

Colorado Water Law

Wikipedia- Colorado River Compact

Colorado River District Annual Water Seminar

Useful websites: 

Coal Creek Watershed Coalition

High Country Conservation Advocates

Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District

American Rivers

American Whitewater

Related book titles:

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River by David Owen

Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West by Heather Hansman

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West by Wallace Stegner

Science Be Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River by Eric Kuhn and John Fleck

Water Is for Fighting Over: And Other Myths about Water in the West by John Fleck 

Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable City by Andrew Ross







Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 5:30pm
Center for the Arts
606 6th St
Crested Butte, CO 81224-0311
The Water Knife Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804171533
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2016