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Slover Library Lecture Series Enters 4th Year with Notable Speaker Jeff Goodell

Slover Library, Jeff Goodell, The Water Will Come

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Norfolk, VA – The first lecture of the fourth year of the Brinkley Family Memorial Lecture Series features author Jeff Goodell and his book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World.

Goodell, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of five books, is a prominent expert on climate change and energy policy. He takes an immersive look at the global crisis of rising oceans. Steeped in scientific research and on-the-ground reporting, The Water Will Come is written in the tradition of environmental classics like The World Without Us. It is a definitive account of the coming water, why and how it will happen, and what it will all mean. As he travels across twelve countries and reports from the front lines, including Norfolk, Virginia, acclaimed journalist Jeff Goodell employs fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what is already becoming a water world.

Slover Library’s lecture series honors Catherine “Kate” Lee Brinkley, a former librarian at the City of Norfolk’s Kirn Memorial Library, and her son Edward S. Brinkley, PhD (Ned), an author and birding tour guide. Kate loved people and dedicated her work to educating Norfolk residents about the many benefits of the library. Ned wrote a half-dozen books about birds, including the National Wildlife Federation's 2007 Field Guide to the Birds of North America, and his bibliography lists more than 100 other publications. Following Kate's death in 2017, Ned passed away unexpectedly in 2020 while birding in Ecuador.

The following community environmental organizations will be on hand to discuss their resilience efforts to combat climate change in Hampton Roads before and after the lecture:

Wetlands Watch

Environmental Defense Fund


Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Lynnhaven River NOW

Elizabeth River Project

City of Norfolk Office of Resilience

v August 18th, 2022; 5:30 p.m. –7:30 p.m. Registration REQUIRED at reception with a cash bar.

About Slover Library:

Slover Library blends traditional library functions with the best of contemporary library resources and services. The innovative space design creates a vital and dynamic center of community learning, leading-edge technology and civic engagement, available to all citizens of the region, and it is known as an attraction for residents and visitors alike.

Slover Library is located in beautiful downtown Norfolk on the corner of Plume and Atlantic Street near MacArthur Square and the MacArthur Memorial. Call (757) 431-7491 for more information.

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