Two years ago, Bill McKibben was arrested in front of the White House and thrown into jail for leading a protest against the Keystone XL pipeline. In his new memoir, Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, the environmentalist and bestselling author of Eaarth and The End of Nature recounts his journey as he learns how to solve the world’s growing environmental problems. From a Vermont beekeeper’s hives that produce honey sold locally to the picket line in Washington, D.C, where he managed to start one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in decades, McKibben, founder of, presents ways everyone can get involved in the fight against global warming. Tonight, he launches Oil and Honey as a part of the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Bookend events.

Wed., Sept. 18, 7 p.m., 2013