February 22nd, 2019–Today’s featured event is William T. Vollmann–SOLD OUT (waitlist spots available), TONIGHT at NC State’s Hunt Library, 7pm.
William T. Vollmann is the author of several novels, including The Royal Family and Imperial. His critically acclaimed Europe Central won the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction. This “novel in stories” takes place mostly in Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. Using real-life figures in fictional stories, Vollmann examines fanaticism as well as acts of resistance to Nazi and Communist totalitarianism.
His literary awards include the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction for Europe Central, the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction for the short story collection The Atlas, and the 1988 Whiting Award for his cyberpunk debut You Bright and Risen Angels: A Cartoon. Vollmann also won the 1989 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Award for an excerpt from Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Rising Up and Rising Down and Imperial. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Spin, Gear, Granta, Grand Street, and Outside.
His newest work is the two-volume Carbon Ideologies, for which he traveled to the radio-contaminated zones of Fukushima, Japan; the oil regions of Oklahoma, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates; a contested coal district in Bangladesh; and many coal towns in Appalachia. The two volumes, No Immediate Danger and No Good Alternative, address various ideologies of climate change. The Christian Science Monitor termed Carbon Ideologies “a thing of nearly monstrous ambition…mind-bogglingly detailed reporting” in which “the brightness and intelligence of Vollmann’s own prose, absorbingly readable as always, acts as a kind of ideological counterweight to the gloom of his tidings.”