CIVIC SQUARE

Host

CIVIC SQUARE
Website
http://civicsquare.cc

Speakers

  • Roman Krznaric
    Roman Krznaric
    Writer + Public Philosopher

    Roman Krznaric is a public philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change society. His latest book is The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short Term World. His previous international bestsellers, including Empathy, The Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained, have been published in more than 20 languages.

    You can find out more about Roman and his work via: romankrznaric.com

Hopin

Location

Hopin

Date

28 Jun 2021

Time

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cost

£0.00 - £5.00

Beyond Books with Andri Magnason and Roman Krznaric

Beyond Books acknowledges and treasures space for reading, lending, purchasing and discussing what books are, have been and could be to us. Bringing forward voices that encourage and cultivate conversations, offering narratives and ideas informed by our identities, lived experiences and dreams, it is a platform where books and other means of sharing stories are used to democratise knowledge, imagination, and enjoyment. We envisage Beyond Books will be key to unlock the dream matter in all of us, strengthening our infrastructure to unleash the capacity to engage, learn, grow and delve into many possibilities for ourselves and our places.

Bringing two of the world’s leading long term thinkers, Beyond Books hosts author of The Good Ancestor Roman Krznaric, in conversation with one of Iceland’s most celebrated writers Andri Snær Magnason to discuss On Time and Water.

Moving from reflections on how one writes an obituary for a glacier to exhortation for a heightened understanding of human time and our obligations to one another, throughout history and across the globe, On Time and Water is both deeply personal and globally minded: a travel story, a world history, a desperate plea to live in harmony with future generations – and is unlike anything that has yet been published on the current climate emergency.

This event will take place online via Hopin. ‘Doors’ will open at 6:30pm and the main event will start at 7pm. You will also have the opportunity to ‘meet’ other attendees via the networking function.

On Time and Water

On Time and Water was a finalist for the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize

Asked by a leading climate scientist why he wasn’t writing about the greatest crisis mankind has faced, Andri Snær Magnason, one of Iceland’s most beloved writers and public intellectuals, protested: he wasn’t a specialist, he said. It wasn’t his field. But the scientist persisted: “If you cannot understand our scientific findings and present them in an emotional, psychological, poetic or mythological context,” he told him, “then no one will really understand the issue, and the world will end.”

Based on interviews and advice from leading glacial, ocean, climate, and geographical scientists, and interwoven with personal, historical, and mythological stories, Andri’s resulting response is a rich and compelling work of narrative nonfiction that illustrates the reality of climate change and offers hope in the face of an uncertain future. Moving from reflections on how one writes an obituary for a glacier to exhortation for a heightened understanding of human time and our obligations to one another, throughout history and across the globe, On Time and Water is both deeply personal and globally minded: a travel story, a world history, a desperate plea to live in harmony with future generations—and is unlike anything that has yet been published on the current climate emergency.

About Andri Magnason
Andri Snaer Magnason is one of Iceland’s most celebrated writers. He has won the Icelandic Literary Prize for fiction, children’s fiction, and non-fiction. His book, On Time and Water was a national bestseller in Iceland in 2019 and has been translated to more than 24 languages. His most recent book in English, The Casket of Time, won the Icelandic literary Award and was nominated for the Nordic Council Children’s book Award and has been sold to 14 countries. Andri has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, essays and CD’s. 

Andri’s work has been published or performed in more than 35 countries. His novel, LoveStar got the Philip K Dick Special Citation 2013, and the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire in France for best translated Science Fiction of 2016. LoveStar was chosen “Novel of the year” by Icelandic booksellers and received the DV Literary Award. His children’s book, The Story of the Blue Planet, was the first children’s book to receive the Icelandic Literary Prize and has been published or performed in 30 countries. The Story of the Blue Planet received the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award 2000, the West Nordic Children’s Book Prize 2002, The Green Earth Honor Award 2013 and the UKLA Award in 2014.

In 2009, Magnason co-directed the documentary Dreamland, which was based on his book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation. In 2010, Magnason was awarded the Kairos Prize, presented to outstanding individuals in the field of intercultural understanding. Magnason ran for president of Iceland in 2016 and came third out of nine candidates.

About Roman Krznaric
Roman Krznaric is a public philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change society. His latest book is The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short Term World. His previous international bestsellers, including EmpathyThe Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained, have been published in more than 20 languages.

After growing up in Sydney and Hong Kong, Roman studied at the universities of Oxford, London and Essex, where he gained his PhD in political sociology. He is founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum and is currently a Research Fellow of the Long Now Foundation.

Roman has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers. His writings have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs and designers. An acclaimed public speaker, his talks and workshops have taken him from a London prison to the TED global stage.

Roman has previously been an academic, a gardener, and worked on human rights issues in Guatemala. He is also a fanatical player of the medieval sport of ‘real tennis’ and has a passion for making furniture.

Praise for On Time and Water

“Andri Snær Magnason’s perspective on his country’s environment is unique and compelling … The author tries to understand, and tries to make the reader understand, why the climate crisis is not widely perceived as a distinct, transformative event in the manner of, say, the fall of the Berlin Wall or the attacks of September 11th, 2001. The fundamental problem, as this book elucidates, is time. Climate change is a disaster in slow motion, and yet ‘slow’ is a great deal faster than many people seem able to comprehend.” – The Economist

“A literary look at the threat of climate change in this moving account … Magnason’s empathetic rendering of changes that ‘surpass most of the language and metaphors we use to navigate our reality’ makes an impact. Climate-concerned readers will find much to consider.” – Publishers Weekly

You can purchase copies of  On Time and Water and The Good Ancestor from independent bookseller This Is Book Love. Book Love is unable to compete with the prices you see on Amazon, so the price you see on this website will be the cover price. By purchasing via an independent, your purchase is supporting a small UK based business run by a woman of colour. This Is Book Love is offering a small discount with the code: BookLovexBeyondBooks 

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