Ken Sanders Rare Books Presents
Nuclear Impact Utah
Signing and Presentation
Saturday, April 29, 7pm, Free
Ken Sanders Rare Books
268 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
This event coincides with Independent Bookstore Day. Events are planned at bookstores across the country. Join in at Ken Sanders Rare Books on April 29, 2017.
About the Event
Nuclear Impact Utah: Poets in the Nuclear West, is an event celebrating the publication of Shabda Press’ new anthology,
Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands.
Featured readers, who will also be available for signing, are Nuclear Impact contributors, Amy Brunvand, Trish Hopkinson, Michael McLane, Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, and C. Wade Bentley. In addition, portions of the documentary Downwinders, by Tim Skousen and Tyler Bastian, will be screened. Many people think of nuclear testing, fallout, and the Cold War arms race as distant history, but these stories are ongoing and now evolving. Downwinders tells the tragic story of the people who lived downwind from the nuclear test site in Nevada in the 50s and 60s. No one would listen to their plight until it was rumored that one of the victims of the fallout was John Wayne, who was in the area shooting the ill-fated film The Conqueror for Howard Hughes. It tells the story of the people of the Southwest and beyond whose lives were changed forever after the government decided to use them as “human guinea pigs” and also attempts to find the answer to the question: Did the government kill John Wayne?
About the Book
Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands present the symphonic voices of 163 poets living throughout the United States and world, in places such as India, Britain, Ireland, Canada, Philippines, Japan, South Africa, Guam, Singapore, Poland, Australia, France, Vietnam, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Germany, China and Pakistan, on the impact of nuclear power and warfare on human life and the planet. The poems in the anthology take us through Navajo-Hopi reservations, the Nevada desert, Los Alamos, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Three Mile Island, Trinity, air raid drills, Chernobyl, Pripyat, Ogoturuk Valley, Alaska, Fukushima, nuclear testing in India and Pakistan, and more. Through the words and clarity of these poets, we see the reach of nuclear impact from the desert to the far reaches of the Arctic.