On Time and Water Virtual Book Launch

April 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
On Time and Water Virtual Book Launch

Join us for the virtual launch of Andri Snær Magnason’s On Time and Water! Andri Snær Magnason will be joined in conversation by Meehan Crist and Lytton Smith. As Biblioasis is the Canadian publisher of On Time and Water and Open Letter Books is the US publisher, we’re thrilled to partner on this. The event will also be co-hosted by Glass Bookshop (Edmonton, AB). Tune in live on Facebook or on YouTube. You could win a copy of the book!

The event link will be closer to the event day, so RSVP to stay up to date.


Asked by a leading climate scientist why he wasn’t writing about the greatest crisis mankind has faced, Andri Snær Magnason, one of Iceland’s most beloved writers and public intellectuals, protested: he wasn’t a specialist, he said. It wasn’t his field. But the scientist persisted: “If you cannot understand our scientific findings and present them in an emotional, psychological, poetic or mythological context,” he told him, “then no one will really understand the issue, and the world will end.”

Based on interviews and advice from leading glacial, ocean, climate, and geographical scientists, and interwoven with personal, historical, and mythological stories, Magnason’s resulting response is a rich and compelling work of narrative nonfiction that illustrates the reality of climate change and offers hope in the face of an uncertain future. Moving from reflections on how one writes an obituary for a glacier to exhortation for a heightened understanding of human time and our obligations to one another, throughout history and across the globe, On Time and Water is both deeply personal and globally minded: a travel story, a world history, a desperate plea to live in harmony with future generations—and is unlike anything that has yet been published on the current climate emergency.



Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland’s most celebrated writers. He has won the Icelandic Literary Prize for fiction, children’s fiction, and non-fiction. In 2009, Magnason co-directed the documentary Dreamland, which was based on his book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation. In 2010, Magnason was awarded the Kairos Prize, presented to outstanding individuals in the field of intercultural understanding. Magnason ran for president of Iceland in 2016 and came third out of nine candidates.


Pick up your copy from your local bookstore!

In Canada, you can also order from Biblioasis

In the US, you can order from Open Letter Books