Start: 7:00 pm
Presently the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Memphis, editor of an award-winning journal (The Pinch), Kristen Iversen has written a searing account of her hometowna small Colorado town next to the infamous Rocky Flats nuclear-weapons plant, sometimes deemed 'the most contaminated site in America.' Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats (Crown) is a work of insight, eloquence, and urgency. "This terrifyingly brilliant bookas perfectly crafted and meticulously assembled as the nuclear bomb triggers that lie at its coreis a savage indictment of the American strategic weapons industry, haunting in its power yet wonderfully, charmingly human as a memoir of growing up in the Atomic Age." – Simon Winchester.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. University of Toronto geography professor Pierre Desrochers and co-author Hiroko Shimizu take a contrarian view where growing and eating local are concerned in their provocative book, The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet (Public Affairs). "In large parts of the world, local trumps science, and people suffer as a result ... Desrochers and Shimizu take the idea of local food back of the barn and beat the holy livin' tar out of it. In a more rational world, their defense of what is so clearly true would not be needed." – Blake Hurst, from the Foreword. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via www.brownpapertickets.com (1-800-838-3006). Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). Preferred seating for Town Hall members. For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, Town Hall at (206) 652-4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.