Margaret Atwood and Energy

In a piece taken up in Energy Humanities: An Anthology, the grande dame of Canadian letters Margaret Atwood wonders about the power of literature to fight climate change:

Could cli-fi be a way of educating young people about the dangers that face them, and helping them to think through the problems and divine solutions? Or will it just become part of the ‘entertainment business’?

Atwood’s contribution was noted by  Jelmer Mommers in De Correspondent, when it first appeared. This new genre has also been noted in the Netherlands, the subject of an essay review in the Nederlandse Boekengids. As a researcher in the field of energy, I’m obviously primed, and when browsing in the bookshop on a day off, energy titles do jump out at me.

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My top 5

1.De een na laatste dood van het meisje Capone, Isabel Hoving

2. Het tegenovergestelde van een mens, Lieke Marsman

3. The End We Start From, Megan Hunter

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4. Gold Fame Citrus, Claire Vaye Watkins

5. The Carbon Diaries, Saci Lloyd

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