City Archives & Special Collections
Witness to Change: Conversations on Coastal Impacts

Library Reading and Discussion Program

City Archives & Special Collections
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112


The City Archives & Special Collections is excited to host "Witness to Change: Conversations on Coastal Impacts," an LEH and BHP funded program aimed at fostering conversations about the challenges facing coastal communities. Discussions will be led by Dr. Robin G. Vander, Associate Professor of English and African American & Diaspora Studies at Xavier University. This virtual book discussion series incorporates both fiction and nonfiction and will explore topics such as climate change, disaster response, displacement, the importance of home, community roots, and more.

Reserve your spot for this virtual program by completing a registration form here.

  • April 5, 2022 to discuss Bayou Farewell: the Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast by Mike Tidwell
  • April 19, 2022 to discuss The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • May 3, 2022 to discuss Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
  • May 17, 2022 to discuss Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

    Free books will be provided to participants while supplies lasts. Attendance will be capped at 20 participants. Virtual discussions will begin at 5:30pm. All sessions will be recorded and made available on the City Archives YouTube Channel .

    Witness to Change: Conversations on Coastal Impacts is part of the BHP-funded project, Coastal Impacts: An Integrated Approach for Community Adaptation, Understanding, and Planning, which assists local communities to build intergenerational coastal literacy through community conversations around books, film, and exhibitions, fostering greater understanding of and support for coastal restoration projects.

    This program was made possible through the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Friends of New Orleans Public Library.