Elizabeth Rush

Elizabeth Rush’s Book RISING Selected as VCU’s 2021 Common Book

Courtesy of VCU
October 7, 2021

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Common Book for 2021, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, provides a look at the impact of climate change and rising sea levels on coastal communities. The book by Elizabeth Rush was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction and was the winner of the National Outdoor Book Award.

Sea level rise has become an urgent and relevant issue because of the flooding problems coastal areas have experienced in recent years, many as a result of hurricanes and tropical storms.

VCU’s Common Book Program is sponsored by University College and the Office of the Provost. It aims to welcome new students into the vibrant intellectual culture of VCU by providing an opportunity to explore complex social issues through an interdisciplinary lens. Rush will talk about Rising at a virtual event on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Ahead of her talk, she spoke with VCU News about her book, climate change and sea level rise in America.

To read the interview, click here.