Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North (Counterpoint Press, 2011)
Nancy's latest book goes beyond documenting the climate change already so dramatic in Alaska and the Canadian Northwest to look at how northerners, especially indigenous peoples known for their resilience and adaptation, are responding.
Early Warming was the Western Reads book for the 2013-14 school year. In-coming freshman and other classes at Western Washington University read and discussed it, and programming through the year focused on climate change issues. Nancy was on the Bellingham campus in February for a number of events and visits with classes. Other guests during the year included Kathleen Dean Moore, Naomi Oreskes, and Bill McKibben.
One of Nancy's presentations can be seen here. (The introduction starts 2 minutes in, and Nancy's talk 12 minutes in.) A two-minute video interview can be seen here.
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Rock, Water, Wild
Rock, Water, Wild: An Alaskan Life (University of Nebraska Press, 2009)
In this memoir/essay collection, Lord takes readers along as she journeys among salmon, sea lions, geese, moose, bears, glaciers, and indigenous languages and ultimately into a new understanding, beyond geographical borders, of our intricate and intimate connections to the natural world. - read more -
The above panoramic was taken by Irene Owsley in Harriman Fjord, Alaska last summer. (That's Nancy in the small boat at far right.) Nancy and Irene were participating in an artists residency program called Voices of the Wilderness. An exhibit featuring its art opened in March at the Sitka National Historical Park and will travel to six other Alaska venues in 2014, the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
A video essay by Nancy and Irene is posted at terrain.org.
We also have an article (heavily edited!) about our experience tracking John Muir in the fjord in the May 2014 Alaska magazine.
What does Earth ask of us? See Nancy's response at the Center for Humans and Nature (which is a terrific site).
Nancy's current work is a novel with the working title The Pteropod Gang. She likes to think that it does for ocean acidification what Ian McEwan's Solar does for global warming--that is, extends scientific literacy in a painless, even amusing, way.
Nancy Lord writes from her home base in Homer, Alaska. Her work is informed by a deep connection to the landscape and culture of the place she calls home. As a commercial salmon fisherman for twenty-five years (now retired) and later as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships, she takes a particular interest in coastal Alaska and the sustainability of its resources and communities. She served as the Alaska Writer Laureate from 2008-2010 and is the author of nine books of nonfiction, fiction, and memoir. - read more -