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An Evening with Eliza Griswold

Event-Date: 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 6:00pm

Presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, co-sponsored by Mountain Watershed Association and PennEnvironment prize-winning poet and novelist Eliza Griswold will discuss her new book -- a true account of the shattering impact of fracking on a rural Pennsylvania family.

The program features Eliza Griswold in conversation with Pittsburgh's Don Hopey, followed by a book signing.

Admission is free. Register at the event website.


Eliza Griswold’s Amity and Prosperity is an expose on how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town (just outside of Pittsburgh), and how one lifelong resident brought the story into the national spotlight. An incredible true account of investigative journalism and a devastating indictment of energy politics in America.

Stacey Haney, a lifelong resident of Amity, Pennsylvania, is struggling to support her children when the fracking boom comes to town. Like most of her neighbors, she sees the energy companies’ payments as a windfall. Soon trucks are rumbling down her unpaved road and a fenced-off fracking site rises on adjacent land. But her annoyance gives way to concern and then to fear as domestic animals and pets begin dying and mysterious illnesses strike her family—despite the companies’ insistence that nothing is wrong.

Griswold masterfully chronicles Haney’s transformation into an unlikely whistle-blower as she launches her own investigation into corporate wrongdoing. As she takes her case to court, Haney inadvertently reveals the complex rifts in her community and begins to reshape its attitudes toward outsiders, corporations, and the federal government. Amity and Prosperity uses her gripping and moving tale to show the true costs of our energy infrastructure and to illuminate the predicament of rural America in the twenty-first century.

Event-Place: 
Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States