|An Afternoon with Sue Halpern and Bill McKibben (A Saratoga READS! Marquee Event|
Event Type: Saratoga Reads!|
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Husband and wife author team, Bill McKibben and Sue Halpern read from their recent works. This event is free and open to the public; no registration required.
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room
Sue Halpern is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, as well as an editor and teacher. Her prose has appeared in publications from The New Yorker to Rolling Stone Magazine. Ms. Halpern edits the online version of The New York Review of Books. Her latest, forthcoming novel, Summer Hours at the Robbers Library, is, in part, praise to those public spaces devoted to learning and community. A starred review in Booklist calls the book “…finely choreographed and lucidly told,” stating that “Halpern infuses this tale of derailments and second chances with free-ranging empathy, lithe humor, and penetrating insights into the human psyche. [Halpern is] a discerning and sensitive novelist.”
Sue and her dog partner to practice animal therapy, which happens to be the subject of her sixth book, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home. She lives in Vermont with her husband Bill McKibben and their family, and teaches at Middlebury College.
Having a woodland gnat named for him (Megophthalmidia mckibbeni) is not the least of Bill McKibben’s honors. The author and environmentalist was awarded the 2014 ‘alternative Nobel,’ or, the Right Livelihood Prize, in addition to other distinctions, including honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Mr. McKibben, a former New Yorker staff writer, has been writing books and articles about climate change for a general audience since 1989. He is a founder of 350.org, an activist organization that works internationally to bring attention to urgent environmental issues. His latest book, and his first novel, Radio Free Vermont, is, according to Publishers Weekly, “….a stirring call for recognizing the value and power of smallness in a globalized world [that] makes for a vital and relevant fable.” Mr. McKibben lives in Vermont with his wife Sue Halpern, where he is the The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, and where he spends as much time outdoors as possible.