“A stunning atlas of the present and future.”—Rebecca Solnit, author of several books including Infinite Cities: A Trilogy of Atlases—San Francisco, New Orleans, New York

Christina Gerhardt. © Beowulf Sheehan.

Atlases are being redrawn as islands are disappearing. What does an island see when the sea rises? Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean weaves together essays, maps, art, and poetry to show us—and make us see—island nations in a warming world.

Low-lying islands are least responsible for global warming, but they are suffering the brunt of it. This transportive atlas reorients our vantage point to place islands at the center of the story, highlighting Indigenous and Black voices and the work of communities taking action for local and global climate justice. At once serious and playful, well-researched and lavishly designed, Sea Change is a stunning exploration of the climate and our world’s coastlines. Full of immersive storytelling, scientific expertise, and rallying cries from island populations that shout with hope—”We are not drowning! We are fighting!”—this atlas will galvanize readers in the fight against climate change and the choices we all face.

Christina Gerhardt is Associate Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Senior Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and former Barron Professor of Environment and the Humanities at Princeton University. Her environmental journalism has been published by Grist.orgThe NationThe Progressive, and the Washington Monthly.

Upcoming events include:

May 23: Green Arcade Books, San Francisco at 7pm PDT
In conversation with Kristina Hill and Ezra David Romero. In-person event. 3rd Floor of Edward McRoskey Loft, 1687 Market St

June 12The Greenhouse Environmental Humanities Book Talk Series, University of Stavanger, Norway at 4pm CEST
In conversation with Dolly Jørgensen. Online event.

June 25: A Room of One’s Own, Madison at 5pm CDT
In conversation with Tia Nelson. In-person event.

June 27: Boswell Books, Milwaukee at 6:30pm CDT
In-person event.

June 28: Seminary Co-op, Chicago at 6pm CDT
In conversation with Nootan Bharani and Ryan Cecil Jobson. In-person event.

June 29: Newberry Library, Chicago at 6pm CDT
In conversation with Indira Khera. In-person and online.

July 11: Powell’s Books, Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton at 7pm PDT
In conversation with Madeline Ostrander. In-person event.

July 13: Elliot Bay Book Company, Seattle at 7pm PDT
In conversation with Madeline Ostrander. In-person event.

July 17: Green Apple Books (1291 9th Ave. location), San Francisco at 7pm PDT
In conversation with Zina Deretsky. In-person event.

August 19: Co-hosted by Point Reyes Books & Mesa Refuge, Point Reyes Station at 4pm PDT
In conversation with Rachel Brahinsky. In-person event. Dance Palace Church Space, 503 B Street

Sept 6: New Haven, CT. RJ Julia Booksellers, Madison CT, at 6:30pm EDT
In conversation with Kerri Arsenault. In-person event. Register here.

Sept 7: High Meadows Environmental Institute, Princeton University, at 12pm EDT
In conversation with Robert Kopp and Kevon Rhiney. In-person event. Register here.

Sept 7: McNally Jackson Books, New York, at 7pm EDT
In conversation with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. In-person event. Register here.

Sept. 30: People’s Book in Takoma Park, MD at 4pm EDT
In conversation with Antonia Juhasz. In-person event. Register here.

Oct. 1: Symposium Books, at 3PM EDT
In conversation with Bathsheba Demuth. In-person event.

Oct 3: University of Connecticut, at 2pm EDT
In conversation with Patrick Heidkamp. In-person event.

Oct. 4: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall, at 7pm EDT 
In conversation with Shannon Mattern and Billy Fleming. In-person event.

Oct. 21: Avid Reader, Davis, CA at 6pm PDT
In conversation with Molly Roy. In-person event.

Dec. 3: Howard Zinn Book Fair, CCSF, San Francisco, CA at 10:30-12pm PT
In conversation with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. In-person event.

Dec. 12: San Francisco Public Library @ 5pm PT
In-person event. 5th floor, Main Library’s Environmental Center.

Stay tuned for more event details