by Sandra Steingraber, the second edition, since it came out in April, but now even more local people will read it, as she's on a book-and-film tour for the documentary film based on the book, so she's coming to our town.
We'll be selling the books at Babbitt's, and I'll be taking my poetry workshop to the showing of the film on Sunday afternoon, October 17. She is a poet, and I've read her book of poems, Post-Diagnosis, as well as Having Faith, her book on pollutants in breast milk. (Gave the latter to a midwife.) Steingraber spent time at both universities here.
I'm linking you to her books here, and the blue image is the movie poster, and it's on the little brochure I'm carrying around to remind me to get my ticket ($8) in advance at The Garlic Press.
I read the edition published in 1997 a few years later when my brother sent me his copy, and will get the new one when it gets here. In the wonderful-but-dangerously-polluted land of coincidii, she'll go from here to other places I've lived and also to San Francisco, near my brother.
Here is the Illinois Screening Tour, which shows that she'll also play in Peoria, not far from Pekin (where she grew up and got bladder cancer at 22), Springfield, Champaign, and Chicago (where you can get your tickets at the fabulous Women and Children First bookstore).
Here at her website, you can watch the trailer (as you can on the film page), listen to an interview, and see that she's also headed to Kansas, Maine, New York, and my alma mater, Kenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio.
And yet another coincidence. Years ago I wrote an essay on reading Steingraber for a lovely magazine called Seeding the Snow. Here is their website, and, in case you are a woman poet, artist, or writer interested in ecology and prairie restoration, their submissions page.
Update: I just got my movie ticket, $8 in advance, at the Garlic Press. Earlier, my blog said $12, and I don't know where I got that figure...but it's always good to get tix in advance! To go to the brunch before the movie, you add $50, so I will stick with popcorn.