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The Chicago Humanities Festival Presents Bill Gates: How to Avoid a Climate Disater

Literati Bookstore is pleased to join Seminary Co-op Bookstores as a bookseller for the Chicago Humanities Festival as they present Bill Gates in conversation in support of his latest book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster. He'll be joined by Dax Shepard and Monica Padman for a conversation about the solutions we have and the breakthroughs we need to save the planet.

Tickets include access to the virtual event hosted by the Chicago Humanities Festival and a hardcover copy of How to Avoid a Climate Disaster to be shipped to your door or picked up curbside at Literati Bookstore. Please note shipment details in the ticket description.

Access to the live event on YouTube will be provided to ticketed guests via email on the day of the event via email from the Chicago Humanities Festival. The live stream will include captioning. For additional questions about the virtual program, email For questions about book fulfillment, contact

About the book: In this urgent, authoritative book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical—and accessible—plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide toward certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal. Gates joins CHF for a conversation about the solutions we have and the breakthroughs we need to save the planet.

Bill Gates is a technologist, business leader, and philanthropist. In 1975, he cofounded Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen; today he and his wife, Melinda, are cochairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also launched Breakthrough Energy, an effort to commercialize clean energy and other climate-related technologies. He and Melinda have three children and live in Medina, Washington.

This program is generously underwritten by Northern Trust.

This program is presented in partnership with Seminary Co-op Bookstores and Literati Bookstore.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 8:00pm
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