Between the Lines invites you to meet Michael Riordon, author of An Unauthorized Biography of the World: Oral History on the Front Lines.
Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 pm
McNally Robinson Booksellers (Soho)
52 Prince Street
Thursday, March 17, 7:00 pm
172 Allen Street
An Unauthorized Biography of the World explores the practice of engaged oral history: the difficult, sometimes dangerous work of recovering fragments of human story that have gone missing from the official versions. Michael Riordon has thirty years' experience as a writer and broadcaster in the field. Readers will encounter a gallery of brave, passionate people who gather silenced voices and lost life stories. The canvas is broad, the stakes are high: the battles for First Nations lands in Canada; environmental justice in Chicago; genocide in Peru; homeless people organizing in Cleveland; September 11/01, and after, in New York City; gay survivors of electroshock in Britain; the struggle to preserve a people's identity in Newfoundland; peasant resistance to a huge transnational gold mine in Turkey.
Praise for An Unauthorized Biography of the World:
"This wonderful book was written by one who understands oral history from the inside and masterfully reveals its mission to articulate history's silences." --Mary Marshall Clarke, Director, Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, NY.
"Make no mistake, this fascinating book is no dry academic history. Michael Riordon's book represents oral history at its passionate best." --Steven High, Assistant Professor, Oral History, Nipissing University
"Michael Riordon does us all a great service by helping to amplify those so often silenced within this culture, and I thank him for this powerful contribution." --Derrick Jensen, writer, NY Times Magazine; author, A Language Older than Words.
Read an interview with Michael at http://btlbooks.com/Links/riordon_ubw_interview.htm
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