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The "Mirror World"—a dimension of Artificial Intelligence, doppelgangers, and misinformation—is changing not only our political landscape but also what it means to be human.

Internationally Bestselling Author of Doppelganger, This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine, and No Logo

Naomi Klein | Author of On Fire, No Is Not Enough, This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine, & No Logo
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NAOMI KLEIN is an award-winning journalist and the New York Times bestselling author of seminal books such as Doppelganger, The Shock DoctrineThis Changes Everything, and On Fire. Klein’s life’s work is dedicated to offering clarity and building solidarity around the climate fight and other aspects of our social landscape, and to date, her books have been published in over 30 languages worldwide. In her latest book, the NYT bestseller Doppelganger, she explores what she calls the “Mirror World”: our current landscape of doubles and confusion born of misinformation, political polarization, and the rise of Artificial Intelligence. Part riveting memoir, part brilliant social analysis, this TIME Best Non-Fiction Book begins by grappling with Klein’s own doppelganger and unfolds into a larger exploration of what it means to be human today. Through her body of work, Klein offers us not only a deeper understanding of polarization, confusion, and the climate crisis, but also a path towards a more hopeful future.

Doppleganger is a reckoning with the present moment that’s as insightful as all of Klein’s indispensable work, and as suspenseful as a novel.”— China Miéville, award-winning author of The City and the City

Naomi Klein is the Co-Director of the Centre for Climate Justice and Professor of Climate Justice at the University of British Columbia. Her most recent book Doppelganger explores the disorienting shifts around human identity in a world of artificial intelligence. An experimental and personal book, Naomi tackles the “wilderness” of today’s digital world, and offers us a usable map of our moment in history. Doppelganger was named to TIME‘s 10 Best Non-Fiction Books and 100 Must-Read Books, The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books, and is #1 on Vulture‘s 10 Best Books.

Klein’s canon of environmental literature has left a deep impact. Her previous book, How to Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other, is a call-to-action for the young people who have inherited the climate crisis. Teaming up with Rebecca Steffof, Klein provides readers with inspiration, ideas, and most importantly, the tools to build a better future.

Her other recently released book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, frames the battle for climate justice as inextricably linked to the fight for our lives. In addition to becoming a New York Times bestseller, On Fire was named a Best Climate Book by Fast Company magazine, and hailed by the LA Times as “an antidote to despair.” The book has inspired environmentalists seasoned and blossoming alike, with Klein being called the “intellectual godmother of the Green New Deal,” by 350.org founder Bill McKibben, and as the “great chronicler of our age of climate emergency, an inspirer of generations,” by Greta Thunberg. A true force of nature herself, Klein’s powerful influence has had a ripple effect on an international level. She was one of the organizers and authors of Canada’s Leap Manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels endorsed by over 200 organizations. She later co-founded The Leap, a climate justice organization developed from the Manifesto to inject new urgency and bold ideas into confronting the intersecting crises of our time: climate change, racism, and inequality. In 2019, Klein was named one of the The Frederick Douglass 200: a project to honor the impact of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Douglass.

An instant New York Times bestseller, This Changes Everything won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and became a feature documentary directed by Avi Lewis, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her previous book The Shock Doctrine won the inaugural Warwick Prize for Writing, was named the New York Times Critics’ Pick of the Year, and was adapted into a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The Battle for Paradise, adapted from Klein’s feature article for The Intercept, offered a startling investigation into the ways disaster capitalism undermines a nation’s recovery and all royalties went to disaster relief in Puerto Rico. Klein was awarded Australia’s prestigious Sydney Peace Prize, for “exposing the structural causes and responsibility for the climate crisis, for inspiring us to stand up locally, nationally and internationally to demand a new agenda for sharing the planet that respects human rights and equality, and for reminding us of the power of authentic democracy to achieve transformative change and justice.”

Klein is a member of the board of directors for climate-action group 350.org, a Senior Correspondent for The Intercept, and a Puffin Fellow of the Type Media Center. She is a Marielle Franco Fellow of the Social Justice Institute at the University of Chicago, and from 2018-2021, she was the inaugural Gloria Steinem Chair for Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. Klein has written a regular column for The NationThe Globe and Mail, and The Guardian that was syndicated in major newspapers around the world by The New York Times Syndicate. She has also been a contributing editor at Harper’s and Rolling Stone. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New YorkerThe Washington PostNewsweekThe Los Angeles TimesThe Boston Globe,  and the London Review of Books. Klein is a regular media commentator, appearing on such shows as BBC Newsnight, Democracy NowThe Rachel Maddow ShowThe Colbert Report, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. In 2015, she was invited to speak at the Vatican to help launch Pope Francis’s historic encyclical on ecology, Laudato si’. She has multiple honorary degrees and received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist-Scholar award.

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Climate Crisis
This Changes EverythingCapitalism vs. the Climate

Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed system and build something radically better. In her most provocative talk yet, Naomi Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.

We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. We have been told it’s impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it—it just requires breaking every rule in the “free-market” playbook. We have also been told that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge. In fact, all around the world, the fight back is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring. Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts. Confronting it is no longer about changing the light bulbs. It’s about changing the world—before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. Either we leap—or we sink.

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Politics & Society
No Is Not EnoughResisting Shock Politics

After decades studying political shocks, climate change, and “brand bullies,” Naomi Klein’s latest work delivers a powerful blueprint for combating corporatist policies of the current US administration. From her perspective, President Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-century—the very conditions that have unleashed a rising tide of white nationalism in many communities. Klein shows us that it is not enough to merely resist, to say “no.” Our historical moment demands more: a credible and inspiring “yes,” a roadmap to reclaiming the populist ground from those who would divide us—one that sets a bold course to empower positive social movements and strive for a radically better future. Urgent, timely, and ultimately inspiring, Klein helps us understand just how we got here, and how we can all come together and realize a better tomorrow.

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