Ralph Nader to Host Hometown Book FestivalBy J. Arthur Bloom for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
The tireless consumer advocate and presidential candidate will be hosting the “Booming Winsted” book festival on July 30-31 in his hometown of Winsted, Connecticut. From the press release:
“This is the 50th anniversary year for my book, Unsafe at Any Speed, that led to improvements in the auto industry, and I thought a Festival in my home town would be a good way to celebrate the continual importance of books,” said Nader. He will be speaking and signing books at 10:00AM Saturday, July 30, including his recent book Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.
At the podium at 12:30 Saturday will be Patricia Klindienst, the dynamic author of The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans – the American Book Award story of what ethnic gardens have meant to newcomers to our land.
Nader will be joined at 2:00PM by the Pulitzer Prize winning American historian Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, who will sign his new book – Gateway to Freedom: Hidden History of the Underground Railroad – after discussing its gripping contents.
At 4:00PM, David Bollier – a world-leading scholar and advocate for the Commons – will highlight the immense property we own in common – old commons (as with the public lands and the public airwaves), and new commons (as with the product of modern technology, taxpayer-funded research and development, e.g., the Internet, intellectual property and a new awareness of how what is owned, but not controlled, by the people should benefit the people). He will present his book, Thinking Like a Commoner.
All books by Saturday’s presenting authors will be sold at the Festival at regular prices by the Hickory Stick Bookshop, based in Washington Depot, Connecticut.
At noon on Sunday, July 31, is Historian and Western Connecticut State University and Housatonic Valley Regional High School teacher Peter Vermilyea, the engaging author of the popular Hidden History of Litchfield County, who will be just out with a new historical book intriguingly titled Wicked Litchfield County. He will talk about and autograph books.
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