Writing to Save Our World: A Celebration of Environmental Writing

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Southern Environmental Law Center

201 West Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hosted by: Southern Environmental Law Center


Earl Swift (Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island) will speak at the celebration of the Reed Award for Environmental Writing presented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

The program will recognize two recipients of the 2019 Reed Award, given for excellent writing on the Southern environment in book-length nonfiction and journalism. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“[A] sweeping historical narrative. … Intimate, meticulously reported and captivating. … Earl Swift masterfully reveals Tangier as it is. … The definitive account of what once was and of what will soon be no more.” —The Washington Post

“In a gripping, 400-page tome, Swift gracefully outlines the harsh inevitability of global warming and how the people on its front lines try to keep living their lives in its face. … Fantastic.” —Outside, “The Best New Adventure Books for Fall”

“Earl Swift has long shown a talent for locating the big and poignant stories that lay hidden in plain sight within the day-to-day lives of unsung Americans. With Chesapeake Requiem, his gift is on fine display. Here is a big story about a small place, a canary-in-the-coalmine tale that’s sad and beautiful, haunting and true.” —Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of In the Kingdom of Ice