Carrboro Book Fair this Saturday

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Readers, writers and lovers of the written word, please join us at the 2nd Annual Carrboro Book Fair! Participating organizations include AK Press, Mineshaft Magazine, Parcell Press, Garrett County Press, Feral House, Daniel 13, Carolina Wren Press, John F. Blair, Crimethinc, SURGE, The People's Channel and others.

Readers will include:

11 AM: Bill Powers, author of the new novel "Love Is Strong As Death" and father of William Powers, below.

12 PM: Hannah Gill, author of "Going to Carolina del Norte: Narrating Mexican Migrant Experiences"

1 PM: Kim Arrington, founder of Greased Scalp Press and author of "The Lapis Dwellers"

2 PM: William Powers, author of the new book "Whispering in the Giant's Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia's War on Globalization." Long the obscure “Tibet of South America,” Bolivia emerged as a world flashpoint during the four years William Powers lived there as an aid
worker.

3 PM: Ebony Golden, of Betty's Daughter Literary Press

4 PM David Carr

Storytelling sessions and child care for young ones from 11am to 2pm.

For more information please contact Ethan Clauset at ethan AT interationalistbooks DOT org or 919-360-8516.

This was a great event last year - lots of interesting books, authors, and perusers.

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William Powers will be

William Powers will be speaking at the Regulator on Friday, June 2, 7pm; at the Carrboro Book Fair on Saturday, June 3, 2pm; and at the Chapel Hill Public Library on Sunday, June 4, 2-4pm in a program sponsored by Balance and Accuracy in Journalism, Triangle branch of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Charles M Jones Peace and Justice Committee of the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist.

Here's the blurb for the Sunday program:

➢ Bolivia, the poorest South American country, is emerging as a world flashpoint. Recently, the world's media has reported on Indian protests, anti-Americanism, and a left-wing movement that climaxed in December 2005 with the election of a coca farmer as president of Bolivia, the first full Indian president of the hemispheres since the Spanish Conquest. Now Bolivia has nationalized its oil industry in order to more equitably share the huge corporate profits that private companies are reaping – as Bill Powers discussed in The New York Times op-ed page last month.

➢ Bolivia is also ecologically significant. The Bolivian Amazon is the site of the world's largest and most ambitious forest-based Kyoto Protocol project, an attempt to decelerate the progression of global warming.

Witness and participant of these unfolding events is William Powers. In his memoir, WHISPERING IN THE GIANT'S EAR, Powers chronicles Bolivia's attempt to engage the world and save its Indian culture and rainforests. In 2001, after a two year stint as an aid work in Liberia, Powers arrived in Bolivia to serve as an administrator for a large international aid agency. One year later, after having secured two promotions to deputy country director, Powers resigned from his post, abandoned his almost-penthouse apartment in La Paz, and headed into the Bolivian Amazon to work for a local NGO – FAN (Friends of Nature Foundation) – for a local Bolivian salary.