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Academy Book Circle 2022: "Water Always Wins" by Erica Gies
Join Academy supporters, staff and scientists for our second Academy Book Circle. This year, we'll read and discuss the new book, "Water Always Wins: Thriving in an age of drought and deluge" by Erica Gies. Sessions will take place on Zoom, every other Wednesday, July 27 to August 24, from 1–2pm.

Session Schedule:

Session 1
Wednesday, July 27 @ 1–2 p.m.
Reading selection: Chapters 1–3, pages 1–60

Session 2
Wednesday, August 10 @ 1–2 p.m.
Reading selection: Chapters 4–7, pages 96–207

Session 3
Wednesday, August 24 @ 1–2 p.m.
Reading selection: Chapters 8–10, pages 208–292

About the Book:
“Nearly every human endeavor on the planet was conceived and constructed with a relatively stable climate in mind. But as new climate disasters remind us every day, our world is not stable—and it is changing in ways that expose the deep dysfunction of our relationship with water. Increasingly severe and frequent floods and droughts inevitably spur calls for higher levees, bigger drains, and longer aqueducts. But as we grapple with extreme weather, a hard truth is emerging: our development, including concrete infrastructure designed to control water, is actually exacerbating our problems. Because sooner or later, water always wins.

In this quietly radical book, science journalist Erica Gies introduces us to innovators in what she calls the Slow Water movement who start by asking a revolutionary question: What does water want? Using close observation, historical research, and cutting-edge science, these experts in hydrology, restoration ecology, engineering, and urban planning are already transforming our relationship with water.”

Learn more about "Water Always Wins" by visiting

Questions? Please contact Amy Whisenhunt Eno at

We look forward to reading with you this summer!
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