“To the village square we must carry the facts of Atomic energy; from there must come America’s voice.” – Albert Einstein, 1946
Portsmouth Public Library Levenson Room, MA
Join us on Tuesday, May 19, for an evening with photojournalist Lionel Delevingne, author of To the Village Square: From Montague to Fukushima, 1975 – 2014 , an acclaimed book of photographs published recently by Prospecta Press. He will be joined by activist Anna Gyorgy, who wrote the book's introduction. The event is co-sponsored by the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League.
Delevingne will present the book's powerful photos: of citizens and experts confronting the nuclear power industry, refusing to be nuclear neighbors, and working for years to stop construction or close reactors in their backyards. Many iconic images are related to the citizen movement against construction of the nuclear plant at Seabrook, NH.
The photographs also introduce us to the victims of nuclear power, including children who developed cancer and other grave health problems, even generations after the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl and redux today at Fukushima, Japan.
Delevingne and Gyorgy will then open discussion on what was learned through the antinuclear movement and how that relates to energy now and for the future, in an era of climate change and resource loss. Anna has lived for many years in Germany, and will also talk on the shift to renewables and current political goals and battles there, including the politics around nuclear power.
Photojournalist Lionel Delevingne left his native France and settled in Western Massachusetts in 1975. Since then, his feature essays on patriotism, Native Americans, and the environment have been widely exhibited and praised in the US and abroad. His work has appeared in numerous alternative and mainstream publications including Mother Jones, In These Times, Vanity Fair, Village Voice and The New York Times.
Anna Gyorgy was active in the anti-nuclear/safe energy movement for many years, including with the Clamshell Alliance. Author-editor of the classic book No Nukes: Everyone's Guide to Nuclear Power (1979/81), she coordinates the Women and Life on Earth internet project.
The two will sign copies of the book, which are for sale at the event at a discount, and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit SAPL.
For more information on the book see : http://www.tothevillagesquare.net
For over four decades, SAPL has educating and organizing Seacoast residents to challenge the continued operation of the Seabrook nuclear plant as well as to pursue safer, sustainable energy options to replace nuclear and fossil-fueled power production in the region. You can find them online at saplnh.org or by visiting their Facebook page.
Contact: Doug Bogen, Exec. Director, Seacoast Anti-Pollution League (SAPL)
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Laura Horwood-Benton, Programming & Community Relations Librarian
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