Salina Reads at KWU to Focus on Survivors of the Great Dust Bowl – Sept. 22

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On Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, from 7-8 p.m. in the upper level Brown Mezzanine in the Student Activities Center, Kansas Wesleyan University will host the first of a series of four Salina Public Library’s Salina Reads community gatherings. Light refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.

The book, chosen by the Salina Reads committee for all of Salina to read and discuss this fall, is The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great Dust Bowl by New York Times journalist Timothy Eagan, winner of the 2006 National Book Award and winner of the 2006 Kliatt Editor’s Choice Audiobook Award. Salina Public Library has obtained multiple copies of this book for people to check out.

You can see the entire schedule of events on the library’s website.


Eagan’s book puts us in touch with this part of our region’s history by following a dozen families and their communities, putting a human face on this catastrophic period. He tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones.

The Worst Hard Time has been described in the Austin Statesman Journal asarguably the best nonfiction book yet” to address the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land, and it provides a powerful cautionary tale about the dangers of mishandling nature.