Meg Little Reilly, whose hometown is Brattleboro and who is the author of the soon-to-be-released novel "WE ARE UNPREPARED," told me:
''My identity as a writer and an environmentalist is inextricably linked to my identity as a native Vermonter.
NOTES: ''WE ARE UNPREPARED,'' set for a September 1, 2016 release, is a novel about the next big storm, the one that changes our relationship to nature and each other. The storm threatens to destroy a marriage, a rural Vermont town, and the Eastern Seaboard when it hits -- but the destruction begins months earlier when the fear infects their lives and spreads like a plague.
We are surely unprepared, but we may not be doomed... [Publisher's PR]
Dede Cummings, publisher at Green Writers Press, told me:
Lewis Milford told this blog, when I asked him why he thinks so many cli-fi novels are being set in Vermont:
[NOTE: Lewis Milford, author of VOLATILE, a ''cli-fi'' novel in search of a publisher, has been an environmental lawyer in Vermont for almost 30 years. He adds: "So I've been through the wars here from the inside. It helps with the writing. I try to tell the novel from the angle of an attorney who has fought the fights."]
My new novel, I was working on it for 4 years. When I began it, I didn't know that the issue it raises, and deals with --- how can a small, rural, community-minded state like Vermont get together to solve its energy needs carefully and wisely, in this time of climate change, without giving a free ride to large corporations, to come in and, like, do whatever they want for their profit selling energy that looks green on the face of it? --- how could I know that that question would be one of the BIG ONES being debated right now, in 2016, all over the state?
"I write about the place I live in and love. I'm not a "not in my backyard" kind of guy. I'm more like, "let's put something in all of our backyards" guy, but after we talk it out in a reasonable, cautious, and mutualistic way. Vermont is a town-meeting state; we're good at talking things out with modesty and caring. We're sending one of our Senators (Bernie) to take this message all around the country. Greed is driving some of the worst problems afflicting our planet, including climate change, and I don't see a lot of that kind of behavior here in my neighborhood, or nearly anywhere in Vermont.
"For me, Vermont-style Climate Justice includes as much community-based discussion as we can muster. We don't have a huge effect on the net hydrocarbon emissions our country produces, but we do have an outsized influence upon how people live, eat, think, drink beer, enjoy the outdoors, and talk with each other.
Sheila Post, author of the cli-fi novel ''The Road to Walden North ,'' told me:
We ''discovered'' a new cli-fi novel from a Vermont writer today, written by Chris Bohjalian in 1995, titled "Water Witches", set in 1990s Vermont, where the author of 18 novels still lives. We've asked him for a quote to add to this blog post too. Will post it here.