Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lessons from Fukushima With Cecile Pineda

Award-Winning Author Offers Lessons from Fukushima
at Unity of Livonia

As part of her 10-day book tour of the Great Lakes region, author Cecile Pineda will share her stirring insight of the nuclear industry with metro Detroit audiences on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at Unity of Livonia.  Ms. Pineda’s latest book, Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step, is a provocative and heart-wrenching exploration of the nuclear industry and the ongoing impact of the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan on March 11, 2011.  An update on the consequences of the tragic event will be a major focus of Pineda’s talk.  Her book tour coincides with the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. 

Published on the one-year anniversary of the disaster, the book, in Pineda’s own words, is “a crazy quilt of multiple voices, pieced together day-by-day.”  At times lyrical, meditative or even comical – yet always disturbing – it reflects her anguished attempt to come to terms with Fukishima’s catastrophic consequences to the entire planet.  “We are beyond the place where available technology can address what is ongoing and probably will be ongoing for many, many decades,” says Pineda. 

Published by WingsPress, copies of Ms. Pineda’s newest book will be available for signing and sale at the Unity of Livonia engagement. The Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, U.S. Chapter is sponsoring Cecile’s Great Lakes Tour.

Cecile Pineda has been an anti-war activist from early life.  Her novels, all available from, have been critically acclaimed, with Face, winning the Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal – a record for first fiction, as well as the Sue Kaufman Prize and a National Book Award nomination.  Her picaresque novel, The Love Queen of the Amazon, written with an NEA Fiction Fellowship, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times.

The local group, Citizens for Peace, is sponsoring her stop in Livonia, along with the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3; Huntington Woods Peace, Citizenship & Education Project; IHM Justice, Peace and Sustainability Office; Nukewatch; Peace Action of MI; Sierra Club (Southeast MI); Swords Into Plow Shares Peace Center & Gallery; Women’s Action for New Directions (Southeast MI); and Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (Detroit).  Local activists invite the public to this free event.  For more information call Colleen at 734-425-0079.