The Ultimate Cli-Fi Book Club: ‘A Rain of Night Birds’

By Peterson Toscano

Joining us in the Art House is Dr. Krista Hiser with The Ultimate Cli-Fi Book Club. The purpose of the book club is to look at climate-themed literature and consider how it can help us engage differently with interdisciplinary topics and existential threats related to the planetary predicament of climate change. 

In this episode, Krista reflects on Deena Metzger’s novel A Rain of Night Birds.

Dr. Krista Hiser is Professor at KapiÊ»olani Community College. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has published works on community engagement, service-learning, organizational change, and post-apocalyptic and cli-fi literature. 

In this episode, Krista tells us that the protagonist of A Rain of Night Birds is a scientist who relies on feeling to gauge the environmental phenomena around her. With themes of spiritualism and Indigenous culture, this “literature of restoration” focuses on the concept of doing no harm to protect the world around us.

You can read a written version of Krista’s essay at The Ultimate Cli-Fi Book Club for Sustainability in Higher Education on Medium. 

Next month: Caroline Roberts and her art installation, the present of my life looks different under trees. This immersive installation of cyanotypes has been exhibited at BOX13 ArtSpace and HCC Southwest in Houston, Texas.

(Top image by Los Muertos Crew from Pexels)

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This article is part of The Art House series.

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As host of Citizens’ Climate Radio, Peterson Toscano regularly features artists who address climate change in their work. The Art House section of his program includes singer/songwriters, visual artists, comics, creative writers, and playwrights. Through a collaboration with Artists and Climate Change and Citizens’ Climate Education, each month Peterson reissues The Art House for this blog. If you have an idea for The Art House, contact Peterson: radio @ citizensclimatelobby.org

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Artists and Climate Change is a blog that tracks artistic responses from all disciplines to the problem of climate change. It is both a study about what is being done, and a resource for anyone interested in the subject. Art has the power to reframe the conversation about our environmental crisis so it is inclusive, constructive, and conducive to action. Art can, and should, shape our values and behavior so we are better equipped to face the formidable challenge in front of us.

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