Kim Stanley RobinsonKathleen Waller
Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer. He is the author of more than twenty books and numerous short stories, including the internationally bestselling Mars trilogy, and more recently Red Moon, New York 2140, Aurora, and Shaman. Robinson was sent to the Antarctic by the U.S. National Science Foundation in 1995 and 2016. He works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and was named a “Hero of the Environment” in 2008 by Time magazine. Robinson’s work has been translated into 25 languages, and he has won awards in five countries, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus. His latest novel, The Ministry for the Future, is an engaging near-future story that offers a vision for how we might come together to act and manage climate change. It’s “a must-read for anyone worried about the future of the planet.” Robinson’s work has been labeled by The Atlantic as “the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing.”
Barbara KingsolverKathleen Waller
Barbara Kingsolver’s books of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction are widely translated and have won numerous literary awards. She is the founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, and in 2000 was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the country’s highest honor for service through the arts. Prior to her writing career she studied and worked as a biologist. She lives with her husband on a farm in southern Appalachia. Her most recent novel, Unsheltered, interweaves past and present to tell the story of two families navigating the upheaval of a changing world. In 2020, she released her second collection of poetry, How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons).