Literary Cocktail Hour

The Literary Cocktail Hour is an fun, informal monthly event featuring a pair (or more) of speakers in an entertaining, illuminating virtual event based on the notion of a cocktail hour!


A Trillion Trees— Fred Pearce

with Lisa Merton

  Friday, February 10 at 5:00

The Brattleboro Literary Festival presents A Literary Cocktail Hour with Fred Pearce, and Lisa Merton to discuss Pearce’s book A Trillion Trees: Restoring Our Forests by Trusting in Nature.

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In A Trillion Trees, veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce takes readers on a whirlwind journey through some of the most spectacular forests around the world. Along the way, he charts the extraordinary pace of forest destruction, and explores why some are beginning to recoverWith vivid, observant reporting, Pearce transports readers to the remote cloud forests of Ecuador, the remains of a forest civilization in Nigeria, a mystifying mountain peak in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and the boreal forests of western Canada and the United States, where devastating wildfires are linked to suppressing the natural fire cycles of forests and the maintenance practices of Indigenous peoples.

“A vivid, important, and inspiring book.”– Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sixth Extinction and Under a White Sky


Fred Pearce is a veteran author and journalist based in the UK who has reported from over eighty countries. A former environmental consultant for the New Scientist, he is a regular writer for Yale Environment 360, and contributing writer for  Yale Environment 360, and contributing writer for many other publications including the Guardian and Washington Post, as well as the author of numerous books, including A Trillion TreesWhen the Rivers Run Dry, Confessions of an EcoSinner and The Land Grabbers.


Lisa Merton has been collaborating with filmmaker Alan Dater since 1988. Their award-winning films focus on the arts, social issues and education.have made numerous documentaries including “Taking Root: The Vision on Wangari Maathai “about the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Muta Maathai and Burned which tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel.