BPL Presents: Climate Reads - Why We Swim with Leanne Shapton

Tuesday, December 22, 7:00 PM ET 
For the December Climate Reads, author Leanne Shapton leads a discussion of Bonnie Tsui’s Why We Swim.
Live via Zoom. Free with RSVP through Brooklyn Public Library

We swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test our limits. We swim for pleasure, for exercise, for healing. But humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now, in the twenty-first century, swimming is one of the most popular activities in the world.

Why We Swim is propelled by stories of Olympic champions, a Baghdad swim club that meets in Saddam Hussein’s palace pool, modern-day Japanese samurai swimmers, and even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six-hour swim after a shipwreck. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep, from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what it is about water that seduces us, despite its dangers, and why we come back to it again and again. This conversation will be lead by author Leanne Shapton, and will include the NRDC's Anna Weber.

Leanne Shapton is an artist and author of several books, including Swimming Studies (winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography), Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, and a coauthor of The New York Times bestselling Women in Clothes. She is also the cofounder of J&L Books, a nonprofit publisher of art and photography books. She lives in New York City.

As a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Water & Climate Team, Anna Weber researches and advocates for policies that advance equitable adaptation to climate change. The team works to incorporate the current and future effects of flooding, sea level rise, and other climate-driven hazards into local, state, and national decision making and to ensure that adaptation policies benefit those on the front lines of climate change. Prior to joining NRDC, Anna spent ten years at The Cadmus Group, where she supported U.S. Environmental Protection Agency projects related to water quality, environmental health, and resilient infrastructure. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology and a master’s of public health in environmental health science.

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Event date: 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Why We Swim By Bonnie Tsui Cover Image
Email orders@greenlightbookstore.com for information about this item.
ISBN: 9781616207861
Availability: Out of Print / Unavailable
Published: Algonquin Books - April 14th, 2020

“A fascinating and beautifully written love letter to water. I was enchanted by this book." —Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

An immersive, unforgettable, and eye-opening perspective on swimming—and on human behavior itself.

Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry By Leanne Shapton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374175306
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - February 3rd, 2009