New York Times bestselling author visits NFPL to talk about Love Canal book
Thu April 14, 2022 8:10 PM
The Niagara Falls Public Library will host New York Times bestselling author Keith O’Brien to discuss his book, “Paradise Falls: The True Story of Environmental Disaster.” The novel chronicles the days of the Love Canal in Niagara Falls.
O’Brien will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at the LaSalle branch auditorium (8728 Buffalo Ave.). The books will be available for purchase through the Book Corner. O’Brien will be available to sign copies of his book.
According to Mayor Robert Restaino’s office, “In the spring of 1977, residents of a working-class Niagara Falls neighborhood became alarmed when toxic-smelling substances began seeping into basements, floating in local waterways and form in puddles in backyards and playgrounds. Soon after, the children began to suffer mysterious burns while playing outside, and the children began to get sick. What locals didn’t know was that their homes had been built next to what was once a giant pit called the Love Canal – and that decades earlier Hooker Chemical had used the Love Canal to dump barrels containing 20,000 tonnes of chemical waste.
“In ‘Paradise Falls,’ O’Brien recounts how an unlikely group of neighborhood women discovered this secret and sought justice for their families by confronting some of the most powerful men in the world, including the Governor of New York and the President. the United States.”
Niagara Falls Public Library Executive Director Sarah Potwin said, “We are delighted to welcome Keith O’Brien to Niagara Falls. It’s especially exciting to host a visiting author who was able to transform a local environmental disaster into an inspiring story of everyday housewives who became heroes.
Restaino said, “Residents of Niagara Falls are well aware of the gross mismanagement that the Love Canal has been and the devastating effect it has had on our community. This novel highlights the crisis and the efforts of ordinary citizens seeking justice and is a great example of community members fighting for our city.