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If it is not already apparent by now, Living Literature’s 2020 season has been postponed/cancelled until further notice.  This affects both our RARI 2020 program, RISING, as well as our celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, although our Sept. 28 presentation in Tiverton has not been officially postponed, and is one of our intimate revues.

However, we are working with the Cranston Library to create an audio version of our RISING program for laster this spring & are in the process of reworking our 19th Amendment program specifically for a ZOOM presentation.  Details of these will be posted here, or if you are on our mailing list, you will receive notice of these developments. To be added to our mailing list, email your contact information here.

Thanks you for you patience, & I hope you remain safe and relatively sane,  Until we meet again.


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Elizabeth Rush’s Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

Providence Journal article

Elizabeth Rush, currently teaching at Brown, is a journalist and author who was named a Pulitzer Finalist for her book, Rising:  Dispatches from the New American Shore, which documents the people, communities and ecosystems impacted by sea level rise.  Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.

In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place.  Weaving firsthand testimonials from those facing this choice—a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago—with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of these vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins.

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