Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma’s 2019 series “Wade in the Water,” continues February 19th with Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife (2015)
6:30 PM in Room 151 of Walker Center
Petree College of Arts & Sciences, at NW 26th & N. Florida
Parking available in the lots to the north of the building.
Dr. Harbour Winn, Oklahoma City University Professor Emeritus of English and former Center Director, presents The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi. It is a science fiction novel based on Bacigalupi’s short story “The Tamarisk Hunters.” It takes place in the near future, where drought brought on by climate change has devastated the Southwestern United States. Angel Velasquez, a detective, assassin and spy “cuts” water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, controlled by his boss Catherine Case. Angel’s job, as a “water knife”, is to infiltrate and sabotage the water supplies of competing states, and to make sure that Case can keep her luxuriant arcology developments thriving in Las Vegas. Case wants to ensure that the rich stay wet, while the poor get nothing but dust.
The new theme “Wade in the Water” includes five books of fiction on the topic of water, ecology, and human experience. These works of fiction are all fairly contemporary and range in styles, including young adult, scifi, realism, and magical realism.
Books are available to borrow for free on a first-come, first-served basis, and anyone is welcome to participate. Books may be checked out in Room 207 of the Dulaney-Browne Library on campus. Participants are also welcome to attend with their own copies of the books. Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma is a program of Oklahoma Humanities.
Other upcoming titles in the season’s series include:
March 5: Alec Connon, The Activist, presented by Dr. Mark Davies
March 19: Kim Stanley Robinson , Forty Signs of Rain, presented by Dr. Karen Schiler