Author Night with Justin Nobel
Venue: Blacksburg Books, Blacksburg
Date: Sunday, May 12, 2024
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Event Types: Speaking Engagements
Cost: Free
Blacksburg Books presents an Author Night with Justin Nobel and his special guest Pierson Keating on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Justin Nobel will share findings from his book "Petroleum-238" which is an acclaimed science journalist’s extraordinary seven-year investigation into how the U.S. oil and gas industry has avoided environmental regulations and created a dangerous and radioactive public health crisis.

"Petroleum-238" provides the shocking answer. Shielded by a system of lax regulations and legal loopholes, this waste has been spilled, spread, injected, dumped, and freely emitted across America. Nobel relies on oilfield workers, community activists, a century of academic research, and a trove of never-before released industry and government documents to lay out a series of game-changing reveals into the world’s most powerful industry. None have been more deceived than the industry’s own workers, who are suffering mysterious health maladies and dying from unexplainable cancers.

Justin Nobel writes on science and environment for US magazines, investigative sites, and literary journals. His work has been published in Best American Science and Nature Writing and Best American Travel Writing. A book he co-wrote with a death row exonoree, "The Story of Dan Bright", was published in 2016 by University of New Orleans Press. His 2020 Rolling Stone magazine story, "America’s Radioactive Secret," won an award for longform writing with the National Association of Science Writers and inspired this book. Justin’s writing has helped lead to lawsuits, public dialogue, academic research and been taught at Harvard's School of Public Health.

Justin has been reporting on fracking in West Virginia for seven years and one of the first people he met was Pierson Keating's mother, April Pierson-Keating, who was a West Virginia land protector and visionary grassroots activist. Justin did not know April's son Pierson, but since April's passing they have developed a bond around their shared vision to spotlight her environmental causes and carry her activism forward. Pierson is a musician and presently living in Austin, with deep musical roots in West Virginia, and will be playing music inspired by his mother.

No registration needed, just show up.

Note: This event has been moved from Sunday, May 5, 2024 to Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Blacksburg Books is located at 401 South Main Street, Suite 106 in Blacksburg, VA.

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