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Thu, Jul 20



Washington DC & Virtual at Busboys and Poets, Chuck with Tope Folarin and Liz Butler

Chuck Collins speaks about his new novel, Altar to an Erupting Sun, with IPS Executive director Tope Folarin and Liz Butler from Movement Catalyst

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Washington DC & Virtual at Busboys and Poets, Chuck with Tope Folarin and Liz Butler
Washington DC & Virtual at Busboys and Poets, Chuck with Tope Folarin and Liz Butler

Time & Location

Jul 20, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Washington, 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA

About the event

Join Tope Folarin, executive director of the Institute for Policy Studies and Liz Butler from Movement Catalyst for a conversation with Chuck Collins about his new novel, Altar to an Erupting Sun.



The Institute for Policy Studies, the Wallace Global Fund, and Busboys and Poets invite you to a talk with the author of Altar to an Erupting Sun, the debut novel of campaigner and storyteller Chuck Collins, Director of the IPS Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits A reception and book signing will follow the discussion.



Altar to an Erupting Sun is a near-future story of one community facing climate disruption in the critical decade ahead. Rae Kelliher is a veteran environmental activist and pioneer in the death-with-dignity movement. Facing a diagnosis of terminal illness, she engages in a shocking suicide murder, taking the life of an oil company CEO for his role in delaying responses to climate disruption. Seven years later, Rae’s friends and family gather at her Vermont farm community to try to understand her violent exit and the rapid social transformations around them.

With characters based on people in the area and the region featured in the book, this event is truly a homecoming for the book!


“A fascinating look at movements and the people who make them up, in the spirit of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Ministry for the Future.”

—Bill McKibben, co-founder of Third Act and

“...This book has it all: a recipe for poppy tea, a short history of U.S. imperialism in the last 70 years, highlights of the nonviolent resistance that met it every step of the way, a compelling argument for green burials and funeral services for the living. You will fall in love with these characters, which will help you love your friends and yourself a little more. You will remember to revere this planet...”

—Frida Berrigan, activist and author of It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised By Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood

“This novel is indeed a gift to our remembrance and inspiration for our future. Collins tells a story of a movement, or movements, which need to be told. I know these stories, love them, and have lived many of them with characters bigger than life, more courageous than any heroes of the past, and a commitment to Mother Earth.”

—Winona LaDuke, Honor the Earth, author of All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life


Chuck Collins is a campaigner and storyteller who has worked for decades on environmental and economic justice campaigns. He is the Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits He is co-founder of, a global movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions, a trustee of the Post-Carbon Institute and, and a founding board member of the Patriotic Millionaires.

His 2021 book, The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Trillions, is about the wealth-hiding industry (Polity). He is the author of the popular book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green) and, with Bill Gates Sr., Wealth and Our Commonwealth (Beacon Press), a case for taxing inherited fortunes.

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