Cal Flyn with David George Haskell
Virtually appearing here from her home in the Highlands of Scotland - in spirit of there if not actuality - Cal Flyn will this evening discuss her extraordinary new book, Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape (Viking). The first of her books to be published in the U.S., after a brilliant debut chronicle of colonialism and its legacies (in Australia), Thicker Than Water, Islands of Abandonment charts places where the natural world has re-asserted itself after our kind has come and done wrong, in so many words.
“[Flyn] has an eye for the fresh facet and telling detail, delivered with a crisp lyricism…Islands of Abandonment is ultimately far more than a factual survey of liminal geographies, although it’s a well-researched one. And it is more than an eloquent foray into landscapes of the mind. By mapping the ecological recovery now sweeping the globe, it celebrates the power of benign neglect in enabling nature to do the journeywork of regeneration…” —Medium.
“Bracing, eye-opening, comprehensive, and essential, Islands of Abandonment is an energizing and important work. It affirms that nature is resilient, given half a chance, and should motivate all of us to try harder, even for the habitats that seem broken or hopeless.” —Jeff VanderMeer.
Cal Flyn will appear in conversation with David George Haskell, author the prize-winning books The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees, and is a professor at the University of the South. His next book, Sounds Wild and Broken, will be published by Viking in 2022