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Chernobyl & Fukushima: Ongoing Consequences
by Dianne Durham
Tuesday Apr 16th, 2013 11:43 AM
Award-winning author Cecile Pineda will discuss and sign copies of her newest book, Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step, at the Oakland Public Library Main Branch, 125 14th Street, on Thursday, April 18th from 6 to 8 PM. Ms. Pineda’s book is a provocative and heart-wrenching exploration of the nuclear industry and the ongoing global impact of the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan. An update on the dangers resulting from both the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear disasters will be a major focus of Pineda’s talk; last month marked the 2nd anniversary of the Fukushima disaster and this month marks the 27th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
Published by Wings Press on the one-year anniversary of the disaster, Devil's Tango, in Pineda’s own words, is “a crazy quilt of multiple voices, pieced together day-by-day.” At times lyrical, meditative or even comical – yet always disturbing – it reflects her anguished attempt to come to terms with Fukishima’s catastrophic consequences to the entire planet. “We are beyond the place where available technology can address what is ongoing and probably will be ongoing for many, many decades,” says Pineda.

Cecile Pineda has been an anti-war activist from early life. Her novels, all available from, have been critically acclaimed, with Face, winning the Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal – a record for first fiction, as well as the Sue Kaufman Prize and a National Book Award nomination. Her picaresque novel, The Love Queen of the Amazon, written with an NEA Fiction Fellowship, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times.

This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Bradley C. Walters Community Room of the Oakland Main Library. For more information, call the library at (510) 238-3134.