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Pigs: A Circular Economy with Johanna Stoberock

Date(s): Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: 
Zoom
Type(s): 
Panel, Reading
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Speculative Fiction
Cost: Free

About this Event

Join visionary author Johanna Stoberock for an exploration of her new work, Pigs, and consider how a circular economy could prevent Stoberock’s unsettling allegory from becoming reality. Stoberock’s new novel examines the human and systemic consequences of our current take-make-waste system, revealing the often overlooked and unforeseen costs to the planet, economies and, especially, people.

Following this special presentation, the author will join a panel of sustainability experts from ASU, industry and community development to discuss the unanticipated effects of our real-world linear waste system on people and communities, assessing current trends and innovations for a circular economy to reuse and regenerate our world’s resources.

Circular Economy Panel:
Alicia Marseille (moderator): Director of Innovation, Arizona State University Rob & Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service
Sara Axelrod, Director of Sustainability, Beverage Packaging North and Central America at Ball Corporation
Jessica Gonzalez, Program Officer, Economic Development at Local Initiatives Support Corporation - Phoenix
Ginger Spencer, Director of Public Works, City of Phoenix

Presented by:
ASU Rob & Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service
ASU Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing
ASU Center for Science and the Imagination
Changing Hands Bookstore

About the Book

Four children live on an island that serves as the repository for all the world’s garbage. Trash arrives, the children sort it, and then they feed it to a herd of insatiable pigs: a perfect system. But when a barrel washes ashore with a boy inside, the children must decide whether he is more of the world’s detritus, meant to be fed to the pigs, or whether he is one of them. Written in exquisitely wrought prose, Pigs asks questions about community, environmental responsibility, and the possibility of innocence.

About the Author

Photograph of Johanna Stoberock

Johanna Stoberock is the author of the novels Pigs (Red Hen Press) and City of Ghosts (W.W. Norton). Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Better: Culture & Lit, Lit Hub, Volume One Brooklyn, The Chicago Review of Books, and the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology. 2019 Artist Trust/Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award recipient, 2016 runner up for the Italo Calvino Prize, 2012 Jack Straw Fellow, and 2013 Artist Trust GAP awardee, Johanna has received residencies from the Corporation of Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Millay Colony. She lives in Walla Walla, Washington with her husband and two children.