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For folks interested in creating a more just society, building solidarity at a local level is vital. Mountain View's Reading Towards Liberation Book Club is a space to read and discuss social justice topics and come together as a community.

Education and conversation are crucial aspects of social justice we hope to use this book club as a space to gather and learn from each other.

This month we're reading Afterglow: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors edited by Grist!

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Hopeful and forward-looking futuristic short stories that explore how the power of storytelling can help create the world we need

“This is a glorious book that challenges our conceptions of bookmaking as much as it questions our conceptions of world-building. We, as earthlings, will be better to the earth after experiencing this book. That is not hyperbole.”

New York Times bestselling author Kiese Laymon

Afterglow is a stunning collection of original short stories in which writers from many different backgrounds envision a radically different climate future. Published in collaboration with Grist, a nonprofit media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions, these stirring tales expand our ability to imagine a better world.

Inspired by cutting-edge literary movements, such as Afrofuturism, hopepunk, and solarpunk, Afterglow imagines intersectional worlds in which no one is left behind—where humanity prioritizes equitable climate solutions and continued service to one’s community. Whether through abundance or adaptation, reform, or a new understanding of survival, these stories offer flickers of hope, even joy, as they provide a springboard for exploring how fiction can help create a better reality.

Afterglow welcomes a diverse range of new voices into the climate conversation to envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress. A creative work rooted in the realities of our present crisis, Afterglow presents a new way to think about the climate emergency—one that blazes a path to a clean, green, and more just future.


Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future. Its goal is to use the power of storytelling to illuminate the way toward a better world, inspire millions of people to walk that path with us, and show that the time for action is now

Event date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
317 Castro St
Mountain View, CA 94041
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By Grist (Editor)
ISBN: 9781620977583
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Published: New Press - February 7th, 2023