Paul Kingsnorth in conversation with Brad Johnson about "Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist" and "Beast"


Paul Kingsnorth at DIESEL, A Bookstore in OaklandDIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Paul Kingsnorth to the store to discuss and sign his landmark essay collection, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist, and second novel (Beast) on Thursday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm. He will be in conversation with DIESEL bookseller, Brad Johnson. 

Paul Kingsnorth was once an activist—an ardent environmentalist. He fought against rampant development and the depredations of a corporate world that seemed hell-bent on ignoring a looming climate crisis in its relentless pursuit of profit. But as the environmental movement began to focus on “sustainability” rather than the defense of wild places for their own sake, and as global conditions worsened, he grew disenchanted with the movement that he once embraced. He gave up what he saw as the false hope that residents of the first world would ever make the kind of sacrifices that might avert the severe consequences of climate change.

Full of grief and fury as well as passionate, lyrical evocations of nature and the wild, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist gathers the wave-making essays that have charted the change in Kingsnorth’s thinking. In them he articulates a new vision, that he calls “dark ecology,” which stands firmly in opposition to the belief that technology can save us, and he argues for a renewed balance between the human and nonhuman worlds.

In Beast we are plunged into the world of Edward Buckmaster, a man alone on an empty moor in the west of England. What he has left behind we don’t yet know. What he faces is an existential battle with himself, the elements, and something he begins to see in the margins of his vision: some creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession.

This short, shocking, and exhilarating novel is a vivid exploration of isolation, courage, and the search for truth that continues the story set one thousand years earlier in Paul Kingsnorth’s acclaimed debut novel, The Wake. It extends that book’s promise and confirms Kingsnorth as one of our most daring and rewarding contemporary writers.

Paul Kingsnorth is a former journalist and deputy editor of the Ecologist magazine and has won several awards for his poetry and essays. He is also the author of two works of nonfiction. In 2009, he cofounded the Dark Mountain Project, an international network of writers, artists, and thinkers in search of new stories for troubled times. The Wake is a recurring DIESEL staff recommendation.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, a Bookstore in Oakland
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977801
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 1st, 2017

Beast Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977795
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - August 1st, 2017