by Ben Huberman
It always makes us happy to hear about the achievements of writers, photographers, and artists who choose WordPress.com as their home on the web. Today, let’s celebrate recent exciting news from Gaia Vince, Max Becherer, and Rolli.
A writer with a message
The resulting book, Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made, is an absorbing (and chilling) account of the ways in which humans are rapidly transforming the environment — often for the worse.
Earlier this fall, Adventures in the Anthropocene won the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, bringing Vince’s work, along with the important topics she covers, back to the spotlight. She joins a list of illustrious past winners, including Stephen Hawking, Stephen Jay Gould, and Jared Diamond.
Going underground in Afghanistan
Photojournalist Max Becherer has been covering war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003, and his work has appeared in leading publications like TIME and the New York Times. His latest project, however, leaves war in the background; instead, he focuses on Afghanistan’s less-known emerald miners (and the communities around them).
Dynamite and Prayers: Emerald Miners of Afghanistan contains visceral, dynamic portraits of people and landscapes that far too often remain invisible. You can hear Max discuss this project — and his work more broadly — in an interview on HeatherBlog.
A new platform for an accomplished artist
Based in Regina, Saskatchewan, writer and cartoonist Rolli has published several books, including the recent I Am Currently Working On a Novel. His comics regularly appear in the Wall Street Journal, Adbusters, and elsewhere.
Rolli has recently embarked on another exciting adventure, finding his cerebral, off-kilter work a new home at The Walrus, one of Canada’s most prestigious magazines. You should check out his weekly contributions — both his flash fiction pieces and comics are bite-sized, thought-provoking treats.
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