Amidst current international rhetoric and heightened threats of nuclear war, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize-winning author of Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War discusses how the past can inform us, and what's going on behind the scenes now to avert a nuclear catastrophe.
Southard will read short excerpts from Nagasaki
and link that historic attack on civilians to ongoing worldwide efforts to reduce the dangers we face today.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The enduring impact of a nuclear bomb, told through the stories of those who survived: necessary reading as the threat of nuclear war emerges again.
On August 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, a small port city on Japan's southernmost island. An estimated 74,000 people died within the first five months, and another 75,000 were injured.
takes readers from the morning of the bombing to the city today, telling the first-hand experiences of five survivors, all of whom were teenagers at the time of the devastation. Susan Southard has spent years interviewing hibakusha
("bomb-affected people") and researching the physical, emotional, and social challenges of post-atomic life. She weaves together dramatic eyewitness accounts with searing analysis of the policies of censorship and denial that colored much of what was reported about the bombing both in the United States and Japan.
A gripping narrative of human resilience, Nagasaki
will help shape public discussion and debate over one of the most controversial wartime acts in history.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SUSAN SOUTHARD holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and was a nonfiction fellow at the Norman Mailer Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her first book, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War
(Viking, 2015) is the recipient of the 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2016 Lukas Book Prize, sponsored by the Columbia School of Journalism and Harvard University's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Nagasaki
was also named a best book of the year by The Washington Post
, The Economist
, the American Library Association
, and Kirkus Reviews
, and has been published in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Spain, Taiwan, and China. Susan's work has appeared in the New York Times
, the Los Angeles Times
, Lapham's Quarterly
, and in Civil Society and Disarmament: A Case for a Nuclear Weapons Ban
published by the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs. Susan has presented lectures and readings at universities, book festivals, lecture series, and special events across the United States and in England. In 2016 she spoke before the United Nations representing the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and last year she was invited by the United Nations to participate in a United Nations disarmament conference in Hiroshima, Japan. Southard has taught nonfiction seminars at Arizona State University's Piper Writers Studio and the University of Georgia, and directed creative writing programs for incarcerated youth and at a federal prison for women outside Phoenix. She is the founder and artistic director of the Phoenix-based Essential Theatre, now in its 28th season.