Left Coast Writers® Launch: William Goodson - KOBB (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Six year old Jack has a birth defect. He doesn't know what it means. All he wants is to grow up and feel normal. Shrouded in secrecy, his parents relocate their family to drought-blighted, rural Nebraska. There Jack meets his grandfather, a mysterious man who only visits at night and never stays long. As Jack grows up, his one real friend is Millie, the granddaughter of a neighbor who only visits in the summer. Like all boys before him, Jack has to figure out the adult world, but this time the adults are as uncertain as he is. Their world is changing, and everyone is trying to figure out a way forward. Then on his sixteenth birthday, the past catches up with Jack's family, and he must make decisions that will set the course for the rest of his life.

An environmental narrative of ordinary people hoping to live normal lives without dystopian drama. KOBB offers a new way forward for the environmental debate that illustrates how explosions can distract us from the insidious but important changes that, unchecked, will alter life as we know it...and that we have more at risk than we realize.

William Goodson is an expert on how environmental chemicals affect human health. He does research on how common chemicals, including those in personal care products, affect the biology of breast tissue before it has become malignant.  He is also a spokesperson for the Halifax Project, an international group that concluded that testing one chemical at a time is inadequate--we need to test chemicals in mixtures that are like the mixtures to which we are all exposed every day. Dr Goodson has been a Professor at the University of California, a leader in medical and community organizations, author of over 100 scientific papers, and an invited speaker at multiple scientific meetings, both in the United States and internationally, including the American Association for Cancer Research, the Royal Society of Medicine, The Free University of Berlin, the US EPA, the Japanese EPA, and the Heinz Endowment. He wrote It’s Your Body...ASK,a patient education book about cancer. This is his second novel.

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