(re)collection: Book Club – Paradise Lost, Rebecca Solnit


WHEN: Oct 10, 6 to 8 pm |
WHERE: 925 Mission St |

DETAILS: Book Club: Paradise Lost Led by Rebeka Rodriguez. A Paradise Built in Hell explores our need for community and common purpose, which Solnit argues are fundamental to democratic forms of social and political life. Blending reportage and analysis, the book surveys natural and man-made disasters including the ’06 earthquake, the Halifax explosion of 1917, the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, the Sept. 11th attacks, and Hurricane Katrina. Solnit takes a positive view of human behavior showing that disasters can actually create a sense of community and purposefulness. A community’s typical response to catastrophe is self-organization and mutual aid–truly democracy in action–with neighbors and strangers rescuing, feeding and housing each other.

Register here.

This fall, San Francisco Public Library will be offering a number of discussion groups, films, preparedness workshops and more events on the theme of the book, including a talk with the author on Oct. 11, 2012.

(Re)collection is a community event series consisting of workshops, scavenger hunts, book club and more, from Sept 12–Oct 27.

Bookshelf photo by kevin yezbick.