What do you read after Lydia Millett’s “Dinosaurs”?

Good morning, and welcome to the Los Angeles Times Book Club newsletter.

During the book club Wednesday, the author Lydia millet I talked about how different driving across the country is than ever.

Now when we get to where we’re going, there’s no paint of the smashing bugs we’ve complained about our whole lives. And this absence of something we used to consider a nuisance tells us something: that insects are going extinct. Not just stings and bugs, but all insects, including those that feed other animals, and pollinators that we humans depend on for our food. The creatures we are driving to extinction, in their absence, will lead to our extinction if nothing is done.

The appropriate reaction to human-caused extinction, Millett says, is anger, and then a preoccupation with upending it.

Extinction is a running topic in much of Millet’s work. Her new novel, Dinosaurs, is about the rebirth of a man seeking solitude in the Arizona desert to find himself living next to a family in a glass house. Throughout the story, reminders of the apocalypse fall from the sky in the form of dead birds in the desert. It’s the title dinosaurs, as Millett ridicules the idea that birds are descendants of ancient organisms.

In more than a dozen books, Millett has appeared as a major Western voice on the environment. She addresses this topic in her fiction and nonfiction articles, and in her day job as editor-in-chief at the Center for Biological Diversity.

“dinosaurs” It follows Millet’s 2020 novel, A Children’s Book, which reached National Book Award finals with climate change at the center of the story. On Wednesday, she said the story reflected her anger at the world her children would inherit.

After the book club night, millet She shared her suggestions for further reading.

The books I love and read right now are now Dan Flores, Its new world, “Wild New World”, and its predecessor, “American Serengeti”. They should be asked to read across our land.” “Sweeping and historically accurate, it shows us what we did in the Garden of Eden that was once America. And inspired us to save what was left.”

Environmental Times reporter Rosanna SheaA 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist, whose work has appeared in the anthology “Best Books in American Science and Nature,” also shared her current reading list. suggest:

“Believers: The Making of Life at the End of the World,” by Lisa Wells. Shea moderated a session with Wells at the book festival in April. “Lisa provides a thoughtful reflection for those who are beginning to come to terms with the enormity of what we face.”

“An Enormous World: How Animals’ Senses Reveal the Hidden Worlds Around Us,” by Ed Young. “It’s an amazing job of reporting and made me think deeper about all aspects of our planet that we are on no Think about it.”

“Cold Valley Fire Journals: Green Buds and Silver Linings in the Ashes,” by Robin Lee Carlson. “It’s a beautiful exploration of the environmental legacy of the California wildfires.”

Again: Regular members of the book club remember that last year Xia joined us to have a conversation with the author Charlotte McConaughey About The Migration, the story of a woman who embarks on a harrowing mission to Antarctica in search of the last Arctic tern.

McConaughey said she was inspired to write a novel focusing on climate change during a trip to Iceland. She decided that the harsh reality of her story had to be tempered by a captivating plot – and a glimmer of hope that all was not lost. “I wanted to energize people and I to get out of the other side of despair and apathy into a place of hope, love and action.”

By the way, millet He says that climate fiction is not a literary genre. It’s hard realism.

“Climate change is many things: a physical, social and psychological condition. A landscape a way of being time a threat a chain of events a political battlefield a force for a cultural divide,” she wrote in an article for The Times.

“The only thing that is not in it is fantasy. Or counter-reality of any kind.”

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What’s Next

on me November 16And the The LA Times Book Club returns to the Autry Museum in the West for an evening of fiction Percival Everett Discusses his new novel d. No,” with a columnist in The Times LZ Granderson. Everett is a University of Southern California Professor of English and is the author of more than 30 novels, including “The Trees,” which was shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize. Get tickets.

On December 8novelist Celeste Ng She joins us to discuss her new bestselling book, Our Lost Hearts with a columnist Pat Morrison. The novel is about the epic journey of a 12-year-old boy to find his missing mother. Get tickets for this virtual event.

Read on

Los Angeles vision: Mike Davis, The author of “Quartz City” who recorded the forces that shaped Los Angeles died on Tuesday. Davis has written more than a dozen books, including 2020’s “Caking the Night: Los Angeles in the Sixties” and 1998’s “The Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and Imagining Disaster,” 1998. He once told Salon: “I love Los Angeles. How not You see? I suppose the book is, after all, a failure if it doesn’t betray any of the deep sense I feel about the city. But that’s where being extreme comes in—you have to rain on the show.” Read more about his legacy.

Royal narrator: Prince Harry The much-anticipated memoir, “Reserve,” will be out January 10 on January 10. The title exploits its status as a royal “reserve” – ​​not the first in the succession chain. Prince William, who is next to the British throne, and younger brother Prince Harry are sometimes referred to as “heir and reserve”. The New York Times reports that the Prince’s ghost writer, former Los Angeles Times reporter JR MoringerI previously worked as a tennis player Andre Agassi Autobiographical and “known for its investigation of the underlying tensions in father-son relationships”.

november books: the reviewer Bethan Patrick She shares 10 new books to add to your reading list next month.

Thrones update: George RR Martin Tells Stephen Colbert The Winds of Winter has now finished three quarters, via The Hollywood Reporter.

screen page: The Buendia family comes to life in a new series based on the novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by the legendary Colombian author Gabriel Gracia Marquez. Netflix is ​​developing the project in cooperation with the children of the author, director and guest book club 2021 Rodrigo Garcia And the Gonzalo Garcia. Here is a glimpse.

More screen playback: The Washington Post collects nine book adaptations coming to screens big and small, including “Daisy Jones and the Six” by Los Angeles bestselling novelist. Taylor Jenkins Reid.

exchange ideas: The LA Times and PEN America will present “Reading Between the Lines,” a virtual discussion on November 3 about race, equality, books, and cultural diversity in publishing. Guests include the author Santa Anna Maritza K. RubioLegacy Lit . Publisher Krishan Trautmanassociate professor at McGill University and author Richard Jane Soo And Advertising Director, Little Brown & Co. Elizabeth Garriga.

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The last word

in Alta magazine, Amy Reardon Our October book describes it this way:dinosaurs It reads like a sanctuary, an escape to a fictional oasis of an America that feels increasingly rough. It’s a piña colada with a Ted Lasso touch, the kind of book that comes to mind during the day while you’re doing other things, leaving you craving bedtime and back at the Arizona aquarium.”

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