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Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert Barry Goldstein

Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

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  • Elizabeth Kolbert interviewed on the New Yorker Podcast

    Elizabeth Kolbert talks to Sasha Weiss about the species extinction that is apparently caused by humanity on the New Yorker's Out Loud podcast.

  • Elizabeth Kolbert interviewed on CBS This Morning

    Elizabeth Kolbert discusses 'The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History' on CBS This Morning.

  • Elizabeth Kolbert interviewed on Democracy Now!

    Elizabeth Kolbert discusses 'The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History' on Democracy Now!

  • Elizabeth Kolbert interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered

    Elizabeth Kolbert discusses 'The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History' on NPR's All Things Considered.

  • Elizabeth Kolbert interviewed on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    Elizabeth Kolbert discusses her book 'The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History' on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

  • Elizabeth Kolbert interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air

    Elizabeth Kolbert discusses 'The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History' on NPR's Fresh Air.

  • Elizabeth Kolbert interviewed on CBC's Quirks and Quarks

    Elizabeth Kolbert discusses 'The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History' on CBC's Quirks and Quarks.

  • Elizabeth Kolbert at Politics & Prose

    Elizabeth Kolbert discusses 'The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History' at Politcs & Prose. (2/25/2014)

  • Talks at Google: Elizabeth Kolbert, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History"

    Elizabeth Kolbert discusses her book The Sixth Extinction at Talks at Google

  • Elizabeth Kolbert interviewed on Vox.com

    Elizabeth Kolbert discusses 'The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History' with Ezra Klein on Vox.com.

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Q & A

Where are you from?
I grew up in New York. I now live in western Massachusetts.

Who are your favorite writers?
I have lots of “favorite writers.” Toward the top of the list are Franz Kafka, Vladimir Nabokov & John McPhee.

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Once again, this is a long list. I would put John McPhee’s Annals of the Former World and David Quammen’s The Song of the Dodo at the top.

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Gardening, hiking, raising chickens, yoga, tennis.

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
Q. What is the singlemost important thing a person can do to fight global warming.
A. Use your vote! Get involved politically!

What inspired you to write your first book?
A sense that most people did not understand global warming and how serious it is.

Where do you write?
In a home office, with a view of Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’ highest mountain.

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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes Over the...

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