Santa Monica Reads "A Paradise Built in Hell"
By Lookout Staff
September 18, 2012 -- Santa Monica had its brush with disaster in 1994, but nothing like the devastation described by Rebecca Solnit in her book "A Paradise Built in Hell," the subject of discussions that kick off Tuesday.
The discussion at 7 p.m. at Santa Monica's Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, is part of the city's participation in the statewide grant-funded initiative California Reads: Searching for Democracy.
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, which will be the subject of four discussions on the Internet and locations across the city traces how community members have come together to assist one another after natural and man-made disasters, putting democracy into action.
The disasters chronicled by Rebecca Solnit -- a contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine who has written 13 books, including "Wanderlust: A History of Walking" -- begin with the epic 1906 San Francisco earthquake and end with Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005.
The book discussion will take place on the following dates:
Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. Main Library
Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main Street
Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. Online discussion via Facebook, facebook.com/smpublib
Thursday, October 11, 2:00 p.m. Emeritus College, 1227 Second Street, Santa Monica, Room 407
Solnit also will discuss her book at the Main Library on October 6 with editor T.A. Frank of Zócalo Public Square.
The Santa Monica Library began to hold book discussion online in July. The conversation takes places in the comments section of the library's facebook page. Directions for logging on are at smpl.org
"Those without a Facebook account will be unable to actively participate in the discussion, but may still follow the discussion thread by simply reading along on the Library’s publicly-accessible Facebook page and refreshing their page to see newly-posted comments," library officials said.
Santa Monica Public Library is one of more than 50 libraries statewide participating in California Reads, which are funded by a grant from Cal Humanities and the California Center for the book. Additional support is provided by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library.
For more information, check out the program guide at bit.ly/NIZOlO, visit smpl.org, or call 310.458.8600.