CleanAIRE NC's

Book Club

Starting in late 2022, CleanAIRE NC began a book club to promote education and conversations surrounding climate and environmental justice issues.  Led by our Education Manager, Anisha Sharma, we meet monthly to read and discuss influential books and welcome you to join us!

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Our Next Meeting

Our next virtual book club meeting will be held:

Wednesday, January 25  |  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

We’re excited to announce that the author of Wastelands, Corban Addison, will join us along with Neuse Riverkeeper Rick Dove. The first half of our meeting, from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, will be a recorded Question and Answer session with Corban and Rick. Following the Q&A, book club members will continue to meet for an informal discussion about the book and the next steps.

What We're Reading

Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial By Corban Addison

A once idyllic American landscape is home to a closely knit, rural community that, for more than a generation, has battled the polluting practices of large-scale farming that had been making them sick and damaging their homes. After years of frustration and futile attempts to bring about change, an impassioned cadre of local residents, led by a team of intrepid and dedicated lawyers, brought suit against one of the world’s most powerful corporations-and, miraculously, they won. As vivid and fast-paced as a novel, Wastelands takes us into the heart of a legal battle over the future of America’s farmland, and into the lives of the people who found the courage to fight. With unparalleled entrée in the courtroom, Corban Addison captures the stirring and unforgettable struggle to bring a modern-day monopoly to its knees, to force a once invincible power to change, to vindicate the rights of a long-suffering community, and finally to restore their heritage.

Purchase a copy from one at the following sellers:

Barnes and Noble

If you are unable to purchase a copy of the book for the book club due to financial reasons, please reach out to [email protected] and we will help.

About the Author


Corban Addison

Corban Addison is the international bestselling author of four novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, The Tears of Dark Water, which won the inaugural Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, and A Harvest of Thorns, and one work of narrative nonfiction, Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial. His books have been published in more than twenty-five countries and address some of today’s most pressing issues of justice and human rights.

He holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and an engineering degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After completing a judicial clerkship, he spent six years trying cases in the courtroom before turning to writing full-time. He is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of modern slavery, forced labor, and gender-based violence. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia.