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Community Read 2016

Naomi Klein

This Changes EverythingForget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it's not about carbon—it's about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better. Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth. Klein exposes the myths that are clouding the
climate debate. We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. We have been told it's impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it—it just requires breaking every rule in the "freemarket" playbook: reining in corporate power, rebuilding local economies, and reclaiming our democracies. All around the world, the fight for the next economy and
against reckless extraction is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring.
Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message
delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts. Confronting it
is no longer about changing the light bulbs. It's about changing the world—before
the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. Either we leap—or we sink.

Related Special Events

This Changes Everything
Film Screening/Kickoff Event with the Port Townsend Film Festival

March 3 Wheeler Theater, Fort Worden 7:00 pm
Cosponsored by the Port Townsend Film Festival. An audience discussion will follow.

Green & Fossil Free: Investing in Solutions to Climate Change
March 4 Library Learning Center 6:00 pm
Financial advisor James Frazier, who specializes in sustainable investing, will talk about
impact investing and divesting from fossil fuels.

Radical Change: A Juried Art Show
March 5 (reception) All Month Northwind Arts Center 5:30–8:00 pm
Juried art show opening featuring the work of regional artists.

PT Shorts
March 5 at 7:30 pm March 6 at 5:30 pm Northwind Arts Center
Key City Theater presents readings from This Changes Everything by local actors.

Wild Care Project: Exclusive Video Interview with Naomi Klein

March 12 Library Learning Center 2:00 pm
The Great Old Broads for Wilderness present an interview with the author and a discussion on how we all can advocate to make public lands part of the solution to climate change.

Climate Activities in Jefferson County – Panel Discussion
March 17 Carnegie Reading Room, Library 7:00 pm
Come hear what a few local organizations are doing with regard to climate action, share
ideas on what more we can do, and learn how you can get involved.

Ocean Commotion Family Action Day
March 19 Port Townsend Marine Science Center 1:00–3:00 pm
Make a difference for our oceans! Meet at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center to do a
fun service project to reduce pollution and help marine animals.

Virtually Meet the Author
March 22 Port Townsend High School Auditorium 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Naomi Klein will give a live Skype presentation from Canada about her work followed by a question and answer period.

Tribal Treaty Rights

March 24 Library Learning Center 7:00 pm
Discussion of treaty rights and environmental protection with Scott Chitwood, Natural
Resource Director of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.

Port Townsend High School Salon: Eileen Quigley

Climate Solutions: The Path to a Clean Energy Future
March 25 Port Townsend High School Auditorium 1:45 pm

Taming Bigfoot and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
March 31 Carnegie Reading Room, Library 7:00 pm
Bob Bindschadler, retired NASA Glaciologist, will discuss the
competition and how to reduce your carbon footprint.

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Author Profile

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Her first book, No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, was also an international bestseller,
translated into over 25 languages with more than a million copies in print. The New York Times called it "a movement bible." Klein is a contributing editor for Harper's Magazine
and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian. She is a member of the board of directors of, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, and a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics.

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Discussion Groups

Book Discussion: March 8 2:00–4:00 pm
Informal book discussion at the Port Townsend Food Co-op

Facilitated Discussion: March 10 7:00 pm
Discuss the book with a librarian and community facilitator in the
Carnegie Reading Room at the Library

Two Part In-Depth Book Discussion:
Pages 1–187
MARCH 5 Quimper Grange 9:30–11:00 am
MARCH 15 Jefferson County Library 6:30–8:00 pm
Pages 189–466
MARCH 19 Quimper Grange 9:30–11:00 am
MARCH 29 Jefferson County Library 6:30–8:00 pm

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The Community Read Program & How It Works

Paradigm shift. That is the phrase I think of in relation to the City of Port Townsend
Public Library's 2016 Community Read. This year's book is the first Community Read
to be selected by a public process. We are discussing more than a book—we are discussing
our future and how we all can make a difference for the health of our community
and planet.
The City of Port Townsend has proclaimed March as the official "Reading Month."
Community Read is designed to promote closer ties among community members
through the shared experience of reading, sharing, and discussing the same book and
ideas raised by the book.
• Checkout a book at the library or find a limited number of free copies at the library
and in the community.
• Join a book discussion below or share with your own book group.
• Read the book and pass it on to others.
• Attend related events and discussions.
I am optimistic that this book will inspire involvement in grassroots efforts towards
a sustainable future.
Melody Sky Eisler, Library Director

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This program is funded by the Friends of the Port Townsend Library.

Thank you to our other community partners: Local 20/20, Port Townsend Film Festival, Northwind Arts Center, Key City Public Theatre (for PT Shorts), Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Port Townsend Jefferson County Leader, Port Townsend Food Co-op, Port Townsend High School, Quimper Grange, Jefferson County Library, Radio KPTZ 91.9 FM, Peninsula Daily News, and Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.