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"Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore" announced as Pulitzer Prize finalist

Rising: Dispatches From the New American Shore, by IBES affiliate fellow Elizabeth Rush, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist in General Nonfiction this year.

Hailed as one of the best books of 2018 by The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, Publisher's Weekly, and more, Rising is a tour of the new American coastline as it has been shaped by climate change. 

"With every passing day, and every record-breaking hurricane, it grows clearer that climate change is neither imagined nor distant—and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways," states the book summary. "Weaving firsthand testimonials from those facing this choice—a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago—with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of these vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins."

"When I set out to write Rising I wanted to make the stories of those people living on the front lines of our transforming coasts central to our understanding of what climate change is, who it impacts, and how we might in turn see it as an opportunity to mend our relationship with each other and the more-than-human world," says Rush. "As the language around climate change loosens, becomes more democratic, our ability to seize this moment as an opportunity for coalition building, especially amongst those long made vulnerable by other structural problems, will grow."

She adds, "Perhaps together we will make the ever more popular protest chant come true: The seas are rising and so are we."


For more information about Rising, visit the publisher's website.

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