NC Humanities Presents: Whose Water is it Anyway?

Join us for "Whose Water Is it Anyway?", an interactive panel discussion on drought, water rights, our water supply, and other themes present in our selected Statewide Read novel, The Water Knife. Click here to register!

Want to be part of the conversation? Submit your questions to our Facebook and Twitter pages (@NCHumanities) using the #WatershedMoments before the start of the event. If we select your question to be answered live during the event, you’ll receive an exclusive environmental themed prize!

This event features award-winning writer and NC State Professor John Kessel, author Jacqui Castle, and North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council member Klaus Albertin in a fast-paced conversation moderated by Charlotte Readers Podcast host Landis Wade.

About “Watershed Moments” “Watershed Moments” is a two year, multi-program initiative created by North Carolina Humanities to explore our varied relationships with the environment, culturally and historically. Programs include a Statewide Read of The Water Knife and Dry, an environmental journalism panel, film discussion series, and the statewide tour of the Smithsonian exhibit, Water/ Ways.

About the Statewide Read: This Statewide Read is part of North Carolina Humanities’ “Watershed Moments” initiative. The Statewide Read is estimated to engage thousands of North Carolinians in a common conversation about the complex personal, ethical and social questions raised by the humanities, science, and journalism.


About North Carolina Humanities The North Carolina Humanities is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, NCHC serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. To learn more, visit


Event date: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 6:30pm
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The Water Knife By Paolo Bacigalupi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804171533
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 5-10 days
Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2016

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A "fresh, genre-bending thriller” (Los Angeles Times) set in the near future when water is scarce and a spy, a hardened journalist and a young Texas migrant find themselves pawns in a corrupt game.

"Think Chinatown meets Mad Max." NPR, All Things Considered