Crafting Climate Stories: A Conversation with Amitav Ghosh

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Join JHI Distinguished Visiting Fellow Amitav Ghosh for a conversation about writing about climate change.


  • Alan Ackerman, English / Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies


  • Stephanie Bernhard, JHI New Media and Public Humanities Fellow
  • Katherine Blouin, Historical Studies
  • Cheryl Suzack, English

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He is the author of two books of non-fiction, a collection of essays and eight novels. His most recent books are Gun Island (2019) and The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016). His books have won many prizes and he holds four honorary doctorates. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and he has served on the Jury of the Locarno and Venice film festivals. He is married to the writer Deborah Baker and divides his time between Brooklyn, Goa and Kolkata.

In 2018 the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary honor, was conferred on Amitav Ghosh. He was the first English-language writer to receive the award. In 2019 Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the most important global thinkers of the preceding decade.


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