Kristen Iversen will read from her haunting new book, Full Body Burden, which combines investigative journalism with personal memoir, extensive interviews, FBI and EPA documents. In it, the destructive power of secrets, both familial and government, is revealed.
Q&A to follow with books on sale from Bear Pond Books.
More about Full Body Burden: Radioactive contamination. Misplaced plutonium and other radioactive materials. A sealed grand jury report. Stonewalling by government officials. These are among the real-life incidents occurring at nuclear sites worldwide. In the wake of the 2011 Fukushima meltdown, as well as nuclear disasters in the Ukraine,in Hanford, Washington, and elsewhere, the safety of America's nuclear industry is receiving fresh scrutiny, as are the issues of waste disposal and global disarmament. Beyond the destructive power of government secrets, though, Full Body Burden is about the destructive power of family secrets: Her father's hidden liquor bottles, the strange cancers in children in the neighborhood, the truth about what they made at Rocky Flats. Concealment kills. The path to justice can take a lifetime.
Says Kirkus Reviews: "Superbly crafted tale of Cold War America's dark underside."
About the author:
Kristen Iversen grew up in Arvada, Colorado near the Rocky Flats nuclear weaponry facility and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Reader’s Digest, Fourth Genre, and many other journals and publications. Iversen has appeared on C-Span and NPR’s Fresh Air, and she has worked extensively with A&E Biography, The History Channel, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is an associate professor at the University of Memphis, where she directs the MFA program in creative writing. During the summers she serves on the faculty of the MFA Low-Residency Program at the University of New Orleans, held in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Edinburgh, Scotland.
She is the author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats and Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, winner of the Colorado Book Award for Biography and the Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction. Several documentaries have been based on this book. Iversen is also the author of a textbook, Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction.