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Chairman’s Book Club’s latest entry focuses on preserving the planet

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Board Chairman Frank Housh will host a discussion about award-winning author Edward O. Wilson’s 2016 nonfiction book, “Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life,” at noon Wednesday in the downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo. The Chairman’s Book Club program is free and open to the public.

Wilson’s inspiring plan, a visionary blueprint on preserving the planet, looks to inform readers about the environmental issues the world faces daily, and provides an eloquent, yet urgent, response to how to solve these crises.

The program will include a panel discussion on the book and current ecological matters with Lynda Schneekloth of the Climate Justice Coalition of WNY, who was recently named “Conservationist of the Year” by the Adirondack Mountain Club – Niagara Frontier Chapter; Doug Swift, developer of Buffalo RiverWorks; and Rahwa Ghirmatzion, director of programs for PUSH Buffalo.

Copies of Wilson’s book are available at all 37 Erie County public libraries. A “Book Club in a Bag,” featuring 10 copies of the book and a subsequent reading guide, is also available for book clubs.

Earlier this year, the Chairman’s Book Club featured two public programs on author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ riveting exploration of America’s racial history, “Between the World and Me.” For more information, visit or call 858-8900.

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