Sunday, January 28, 2018

Clifi - Climate Fiction in Children's Literature

So this is interesting! Cli-fi is a new category in children's and Young Adult fiction. I've read nearly everything by writer Paolo Bacigalupi who writes intelligent and well-researched thrillers about a future irrevocably altered by climate disaster and corporate greed. These include the gripping Drowned Cities YA trilogy and the adult novels The Water Knife and The Windup Girl.

Children's literature academia is catching up and Cli-fi is the theme of the 2019 MLA Conference, which just put out a call for for papers, suggesting the following topics:

- Children’s and YA cli-fi in the media
- Children’s and YA cli-fi and climate change awareness/activism
- Conventions and characteristics of the genre
- Social and environmental justice in children’s and YA cli-fi
- Corporate corruption in children’s and YA cli-fi
- Depictions of altered geographies
- Kinship/community in children’s and YA cli-fi
- Resilience in children’s and YA cli-fi


  1. Wow, 2019 MLA Conference with cli-fi theme, I didn't know this. Thanks for heads up. How far we have travelled in just a few short years. It was in April 2013 when NPR sounded the first cli-fi alaarm with five minute radio segment on air and in print about "a hot new genre dubbed cli-fi." Google it to hear it again. Cynthia, I coinde the term as a call for action and a platform for novelists and short story writers and YA novelists and movie directors to use to tell their climate change related stories. It's working. The genre is catching on. Do keep in touch and see my website for more links and info at The Cli-Fi Report at ---- cheers, Dan Bloom in Taiwan. WOW, MLA 2019, I am impressed!

  2. I tweeted this -- ​Cli​-​fi - Climate Fiction in Children's Literature​ and 2019 MLA Conference has cli-fi as its theme for next year -- #Clifi​

  3. It's been around for a while actually Cynthia. I launched the first ever Hay Festival of Literature on YA cli-fi in 2015 - with my book Stormteller and Saci Lloyd with her Carbon Diaries and we were discussing YA books from over 10 years earlier. We got accused of poisoning children's minds!