A Global Affront Becomes Personal

By now, we’ve all seen the reports detailing disasters likely to come from the current administration’s environmental policy.

Opening more federal lands and waters to oil and gas drilling is a pillar of President Trump’s plan to make the United States energy independent,” [newly confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan] Zinke said.
 Air quality and water quality standards are being rolled back. The Dakota Access Pipeline has been greenlighted. The proposed border wall seems to be moving forward despite the fact that it would be “catastrophic” for wildlife in the region, according to CBS News and others.  For many of us though, environmental disaster seems far in the future or in another part of the world (Somalia and South Sudan come to mind); there are so many issues in front of us that demand our attention, and that we tend to think of as more pressing.

Unfortunately, environmental disaster is already a part of our here and now. For the Standing Rock Sioux, it’s not just present, it’s personal. For oystermen who used to make their living in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s personal. And for author Connie May Fowler, it’s personal.

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A fire aboard the mobile offshore oil drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, located in the Gulf of Mexico some 50 miles southeast of Venice, La. (UEPA/U.S. COAST GUARD)

In a review of Connie May Fowler’s new memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, the Barcelona Review says this:
“Quite by chance, the day after I finished A Million Fragile Bones, I saw [the movie] Deepwater Horizon on an airplane. Both deal with the tragic events of the 2010 BP oil spill. While the film focuses on the explosion itself, which even from that tiny screen conveyed the horror of it all as well as the negligence and greed that set it in motion, Connie May Fowler’s memoir takes in the appalling aftermath.  I recommend the film if you happen to get a chance; the memoir, however, is a must.”

amfb_front_smallA Million Fragile Bones, which details the author’s experience of Florida’s Gulf Coast before and after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is both beautiful and chilling. It is, as she puts it, “my Book of Psalms, my Song of Solomon, my sacramental moment of bearing witness, my altar box of memories.”

This book is a must read for anyone who believes – or knows someone who believes – that a fight for our planet is something we can save for another day.

You can get it here:  Order

Upcoming Events – Spring 2017

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  • Reading and launch party
    Saturday, March 18th at 7 p.m
    The BookMark, 220 1st St., Neptune Beach, FL
  • Reading and launch party
    Saturday, March 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Genung’s Fish Camp, 291 Cubbedge Rd., St. Augustine, FL
  • AuthorPhoto-TriciaBookerReading and launch party
    Sunday, March 26th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    The Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, FL
  • Reading and launch party
    Thursday, March 30th at 7 p.m.
    JaxByJax Readings at CoRK Arts District, 2689 Rosselle St., Jacksonville.

The author will be on-hand for book signing and a question-and-answer sessions at all events. The events are free and open to the public.

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  • Bonnie Morris & Pat Spears present The Disappearing L: Erasure Of Lesbian Spaces & Culture and It’s Not Like I Knew Her
    Friday, April 14 – 7:00pm
    Malaprop’s Bookstore, 55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC
  • PatSpears2014Book signing at Tallahassee Pridefest with My Favorite Books
    Saturday, April 22, 12 pm to 5:30 pm
    Kleman Plaza, 306 S. Duval St., Tallahassee FL

Oil and Water

amfb_front_smallA former Exxon executive as Secretary of State. A head of the EPA with close ties to the oil and gas industry. A new president who promised in December to “eliminate all wasteful job-killing regulations. On energy, we will cancel the restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean beautiful coal.” Presumably, this will include drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

For anyone who needs a reminder of how deadly an unregulated fossil fuel industry can be, Twisted Road Publications will release Connie May Fowler’s new memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, on April 20th, the 7th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, about 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The explosion killed eleven people and resulted in a massive spill that dumped more than 210 millions gallons of oil into the Gulf.

Pre-order A Million Fragile Bones here:  Pre-Order

connie-may-fowler-author-photoConnie May Fowler began that day as she had begun most days for the previous sixteen years, immersed in the natural world that was her home on Alligator Point on Florida’s gulf coast, surrounded by dunes and water birds, watching dolphins swim in the distance. Then began the nightmare from which she would not emerge for more than a year.

In A Million Fragile Bones, Connie details the beauty and peace she found on Alligator Point after years of heartbreak and loss, and the devastation and upheaval that followed the oil spill. It is, at its heart, a love song to the natural world and a cry of anger and grief at its ruin for the sake of corporate profits.

We hope you will read this book. Even more importantly, we hope you will join the fight for clean water and protection of the world’s endangered marine ecosystems.