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Book Nook: 'Bright Unbearable Reality' by Anna Badkhen

Anna Badkhen recently made her fourth appearance on the program. She's become one of my favorite writers and guests.

In her new essay collection "Bright Unbearable Reality" Anna Badkhen looks at how we are all connected, all eight million of us who are currently living here on the planet, and how our connections and willful disconnections impact every single one of us. As climate change adversely impacts the global south millions of migrants are on the move searching for better places to live. Nations in more temperate climates are the ones who have derived enormous wealth from resource extraction-they are also the people who have generated the excess carbon creation driving climate change. Despite those facts they appear determined to try to close down borders to prevent migrants from moving into their regions.

The global pandemic gave us an opportunity to become more connected. Are we squandering this chance to come together?

Anna Badkhen isn't some pundit sitting in an ivory tower making pronouncements. She has spent a lot of time in the global south with people who are being the most impacted by our rapidly changing climate. She knows of what she speaks. And she writes brilliantly. This collection is a must read.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public LibraryClark County Public LibraryDayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.