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John Darnton — Burning Sky — at Conn Ave

Location 5015 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008
Date Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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Prepare to be captivated by the gripping narrative of John Darnton's latest novel, "Burning Sky," as he takes the stage at Conn Ave on Saturday, June 1st at 3:00 pm. In this thought-provoking work, Darnton weaves a tale of three generations of a family grappling with the life-and-death challenge of global warming. The story begins with a cantankerous climatologist who sounds the alarm, followed by a brilliant scientist driven by a lust for power that spawns a dictatorship. This scientist constructs "the Cocoon," a stratospheric shield designed to deflect sunlight, but with disastrous consequences - cutting the Earth off from the blue sky and majestic stars, and plunging the planet into an eternal miasmic fog. It is then up to the third generation, the very son and daughter of the scientist, to try to overthrow their ancestor and dismantle their pernicious works. In their quest to undo the damage of the past, this younger generation may just hold the key to setting humanity on a wiser course. Darnton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent for The New York Times, brings his wealth of experience and storytelling prowess to this captivating event. Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into the complexities of climate change, power, and the human condition, all while being entertained by Darnton's masterful narrative. Don't miss this chance to engage with a literary luminary and explore the thought-provoking themes of "Burning Sky" at this free, first-come, first-served event at Conn Ave.

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