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Podcast Episode 10
12:01pm

Jamilah at the End of the World

with Mary-Lou Zeitoun
Hosted by Neil Wilson

Jamilah at the End of the World

with Mary-Lou Zeitoun
Hosted by Neil Wilson
31
Tuesday
May
12:01pm
Mary-Lou Zeitoun

Join us for a conversation between the Festival’s Neil Wilson and acclaimed author Mary-Lou Zeitoun about her latest young adult novel, Jamilah at the End of the World .

 

Set against the backdrop of a brutal Toronto summer heatwave, seventeen-year-old Jamilah Monsour makes plans for what she’s certain is the beginning of the climate change catastrophe that will end the world. Luckily, Jamilah knows what has to be done to save her family: transform the back alley garage into a bunker. Reluctantly her parents allow the bunker, but they draw the line when she announces she’s going to skip university and instead use the money they had saved for her education to buy solar panels and a generator.

 

When an electricity blackout strikes, Jamilah’s climate change anxiety kicks into high gear and she ends up staying out all night, infuriating her father who is done with all this doomsday nonsense. Tension at home erupts and Jamilah runs away and joins a climate change protest where she learns about solidarity and agency, giving her hope for the future. When she returns home, her parents see just how deep Jamilah’s climate change convictions run and the family discusses her attending university to study environmental science, a plan they can all agree on. But Jamilah still plans on buying a generator, just in case.

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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