Nonfiction writers Kerri Arsenault (Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains), Anna Clark (The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy), and Catherine Coleman Flowers (Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret) discuss their investigations into American environmental injustices, from sewage and sanitation management systems that reinforce systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudices, to Flint’s water crisis and other industrial impacts leading to contaminated waters, illness, and loss.

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“Combining personal history with investigative reporting, Arsenault pays loving homage to her family’s tight-knit Maine town even as she examines the cancers that have stricken so many residents.” ―The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

“An exceptional work of journalism. Clark delivers a thorough account of a still-evolving crisis, one with an unmistakable racial subtext…. Her book is a deeply reported account of catastrophic mismanagement. But it’s also a celebration of civic engagement, a tribute to those who are fighting back.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Flowers exposes the true injustice of the situation and how it can be remedied, from both sides of the political spectrum. This is a powerful and moving book that deserves wide readership.” —Booklist


Thanks to our community partners for this event: Alabama Center for the BookAlabama Humanities AllianceBlack Millennials for FlintMaine Center for the BookMaine Humanities CouncilMichigan Humanities