Please join me on November 9th for the re-launch of my 1991 book Submarine Dead Ahead: Waging Peace in America’s Nuclear Colony, documenting the work and vision of the historic and flamboyant local peace group, the Nanoose Conversion Campaign (NCC).
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Nanaimo Harbourfront Library (90 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC)
I’ll be reading and signing books with all proceeds going to WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom).
The NCC occupied a peace camp of tipis and later a peace house on the shores of Nanoose Bay in the 1980s. Through their creative direct actions and campaigning, the group drew public attention to the US nuclear-powered and nuclear weapons-capable warships that were using the underwater weapons testing range at Nanoose and travelling through our local waters. I was a freelance reporter at the time, covering the peace group’s many demonstrations. At one point, I realized the story, and the larger public health issues at stake, warranted more than ten column inches in a newspaper. So I wrote a book.
Former members of the Nanoose Conversion Campaign will be in attendance at the re-launch. This will be a very relevant afternoon, given Canada’s refusal in September to sign and ratify The UN Treaty on Nuclear Weapons Prohibition.
Everyone welcome. Bring your friends! Free admission. Light refreshments available.
For those not in Nanaimo, the book is available from Harbour Publishing: http://www.harbourpublishing.com/title/SubmarineDeadAhead