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Wednesday, October 21 • 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Telling True Stories: Trials by Fire

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As California seeks to recover from yet another horrific summer of fires, Litquake offers two compelling nonfiction accounts on the subject, from Bay Area authors. Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy, by Guardian journalists Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano, details the disaster which occurred on November 8, 2018, when the Paradise, California community of 27,000 people was swallowed by the ferocious Camp Fire, razing virtually every home and killing at least 85 people. The catastrophe seared the American imagination, and landed in history as the state’s most destructive fire.

On Thursday, February 20, 2003, a pyrotechnics display during a concert by the heavy metal band Great White ignited flammable acoustic foam of Rhode Island’s Station nightclub. The entire building quickly went up in flames, killing 100 and injuring another 230. New York Times journalist Scott James’ upcoming account, Trial by Fire: A Devastating Tragedy, 100 Lives Lost, and a 15-Year Search for Truth, investigates the fire’s origin, interviews the key figures, and explores the local authorities’ rush to judgment about what really happened.

Join Gee, Anguiano, and James as they discuss their books with moderator Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside co-founder, and author of Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books:

Alastair Gee & Dani Anguiano -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781324005148
Scott James -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781250131263
Frances Dinkelspiel -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781250113894
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist and co-founder of the new site Berkeleyside. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Daily Beast, People magazine and elsewhere. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant... Read More →

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Dani Anguiano

Dani Anguiano writes for the Guardian and was a reporter for the Chico Enterprise-Record. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
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Alastair Gee

Alastair Gee is an award-winning editor and reporter at the Guardian who has also written for The New Yorker online, the New York Times, and the Economist. Gee lives in New York City.
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Scott James

Scott James is the bestselling author of the novels The Sower and Soma, finalist for the national Lambda Literary Award for debut fiction, under the pen name Kemble Scott. With his weekly eponymous San Francisco column for The New York Times, James found stories that drew coverage... Read More →

Wednesday October 21, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT