Little, Brown, and Company Publishes 'The Last Winter' by Professor Porter Fox

BY Rebecca Pinwei Tseng, January 20, 2022

Adjunct Assistant Professor Porter Fox recently published The Last Winter: The Scientists, Adventurers, Journeymen, and Mavericks Trying to Save the World with Little, Brown, and Company. The book is now available for purchase.


The Last Winter is Fox’s third book and follows the four harrowing and illuminating journeys of experts both researching and experiencing the cataclysmic effects of climate change. As a seasoned journalist, Fox travels along the edge of the Northern Hemisphere to examine the climate tipping points that could result in unstoppable disaster for our world: the rapid rise of sea levels, the scarcity of fresh water, and the massive greenhouse gas emissions that have thawed the permafrost.


Kirkus Reviews gave the book a starred review, calling the book “ominous though beautifully written…An essential addition to the library of climate change and one that ought to spur readers to do something about it.”


According to Library JournalThe Last Winter is a “gripping account of the declining state of the cryosphere…Fox has written an important, much-needed book about the climate crisis that injects a personal element into an abstract-seeming problem.”


Author Tom Bissell praised the book, writing in a review that The Last WInter “is poised to become a landmark text in climate change literature. Yet this isn't a dry, doleful book. Instead, it's filled with often gorgeous prose and fascinating, indelible characters who seem to have gone AWOL from a Paul Theroux or Peter Mathiessen novel. Riveting, unforgettable, and important.”

The Last Winter was chosen as a Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Science Books of the Fall and a PubLunch Fall Buzz Book.


Fox edits the literary travel writing journal, Nowhere, in Brooklyn, NY. He is also the author of Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border (W.W. Norton) and Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow (Rink House Productions). His fiction, essays, and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Outside, Men's Journal, and Best American Travel Writing.