Saturday, October 7 • 4:30pm • at Marquis Theater & Café
"A magnificent debut novel that's both an important cautionary tale and a deeply compelling family story. Although set in a stunningly well-imagined future in the aftermath of a climate apocalypse, The Great Transition is electrifyingly relevant. I can't remember ever being more impressed with a first novel."
- William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of This Tender Land
Sometimes you just have to lead with the rave review. And Nick Fuller Googins' debut novel, The Great Transition has gotten a lot of those. That makes us especially lucky that he and his wife are coming Addison County over Indigenous Peoples' Weekend and are willing to take some time away from their hiking and visiting to present his book to our community of readers. Former Addison County Independent columnist and local climate activist Greg Dennis will sit in conversation with Nick. This will be an intimate, interesting, and celebratory affair. Adult beverages and tacos will be available for purchase.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF CLIMATE NOVEL: The Great Transition imagines both the disaster of and salvation from the climate crisis. It offers a hopeful perspective on what saving the future could look like while not shying away from the pain that will realistically be caused by acting too late. This novel is also a powerful story of two people falling in and out of love, a family in crisis, and a young woman coming of age in a highly uncertain time, set in a richly imaginative world readers will sink into. A post-apocalypse novel that shows our capacity to form community, to find love, and to solve our greatest crises with the support from one another.
FASCINATING DEBUT AUTHOR: Nick Fuller Googins, a fourth grade teacher, has spent time installing solar panels in post-Katrina New Orleans. He took his mother (at her request) to protest the oil pipeline at Standing Rock for her 60th birthday. Fuller Googin's vision in The Great Transition comes from these types of experiences, which inspired the very real, physical, and emotional work it will take to combat the climate crisis on the ground.