This is the final event of the Jones Library's 5th On the Same Page community reading program, featuring the nonfiction title The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. For the entire schedule, see http://www.joneslibrary.org/onthesamepage.
The Sixth Extinction was the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, a finalist for the PEN Literary Award and the L.A. Times Book Prize, and a New York Times bestseller. It was included on many "Best Books" list of 2014 and 2015. In a very readable style, this book explores the five mass extinctions that have occurred over the past half-billion years, when the diversity of life on earth has been severely reduced. Scientists are now tracking the next mass extinction, of which human beings and their actions may be the direct cause. Kolbert explains how humans have altered life on the planet and how these actions may become our legacy.
At the author appearance at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium, Elizabeth Kolbert will speak about the book and the environmental themes she explores in her writing, as well as answer questions from the audience. Books will be available for purchase and signing.