Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Standing Up to Fracking: An Evening with 'Slick Water' Author Andrew Nikiforuk
When: Thu, January 28, 2016. 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (doors at 6:30 PM)
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and The Tyee
Investigative journalist Andrew Nikiforuk has been writing about Canada’s oil and gas industry for over 20 years. Now, in his new book Slick Water, Nikiforuk recounts the story of oil patch consultant-turned folk hero Jessica Ernst as she fights to save her land from the damaging effects of hydraulic fracturing.
In this live event, moderated by The Tyee’s founding editor, David Beers, Nikiforuk will share stories from his extensive reporting on Canada’s energy sector, including a history of the fracking industry and an account of how the industry has broken earthquake records in BC, Alberta and Oklahoma. Nikiforuk will also discuss his new book, Slick Water.
Audience members are invited to participate in a lively Q&A session, and join us for a reception following the event. Pre-order a copy of Slick Water at a discount with your ticket, and get it signed by author Andrew Nikiforuk at the reception. Fifteen percent of all book sales go to a legal fund to support Jessica Ernst.
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Andrew Nikiforuk has been writing about the oil and gas industry for nearly 20 years and cares deeply about accuracy, government accountability, and cumulative impacts. He has won seven National Magazine Awards for his journalism since 1989 and top honours for investigative writing from the Association of Canadian Journalists.
Andrew has also published several books. The dramatic, Alberta-based Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil, won the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction in 2002. Pandemonium, which examines the impact of global trade on disease exchanges, received widespread national acclaim. The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent, which considers the world’s largest energy project, was a national bestseller and won the 2009 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award and was listed as a finalist for the Grantham Prize for Excellence In Reporting on the Environment. Andrew's book, Empire of the Beetle, a startling look at pine beetles and the world’s most powerful landscape changer, was nominated for the Governor General’s award for Non-Fiction in 2011. Andrew’s latest book, Slick Water, was published by Greystone Books in 2015.
David Beers is the Tyee's founding editor. Under his leadership from 2003 to 2014, The Tyee's traffic grew to eclipse a million page views in a month and its team won many prizes including, twice, Canada's Excellence in Journalism Award, and, twice, the North America-wide Edward R. Murrow Award. He remains committed to the aim that gave rise to The Tyee - pursuing sustainable models for journalism.
He also co-founded Tyee Solutions Society , a non-profit that seeks philanthropic support for journalism in the public interest, reporting projects made available to be published by other publications as well as The Tyee. He is an independent consultant to digital publishers on editorial and business structures. He is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Previous to The Tyee, Beers was Chief Features Editor creating new projects and sections at the Vancouver Sun, and before that was senior editor at Mother Jones magazine and the San Francisco Examiner before the Hearst Corporation merged it with the San Francisco Chronicle. He has written for numerous publications including Harper's, National Geographic and the Globe and Mail, and authored a highly praised memoir of growing up in Silicon Valley, Blue Sky Dream.
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