High Country Writers: Authors of "Train Wreck Earth"



Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm


Watauga Public Library
140 Queen St.
Boone, NC 28607


Local authors David Harman and Dr. Harvard Ayers will be the featured presenters at the regular meeting of the High Country Writers at the Watauga County Public Library on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:00 am.

The topic of the Harman-Ayers presentation is the evolution of their recently published scientific novel, Train Wreck Earth, a book that teaches the latest scientific findings about climate change, presented in a fictional setting involving a modern university and activists trying to stop a natural gas pipeline. Among the thirteen specific concerns faced in the writing of this book are (1)reasons for writing the book, (2) the theory of the scientific novel genre,(3) women’s voices, (4)role models for low carbon footprints and for activism, and (5) legal matters.
Mr. David Harman is a self-described businessman, environmentalist and self-taught scientific journalist. Not long after he became a North Carolina CPA, he joined the Sierra Club and became active in the local Blue Ridge Group in Boone, N.C. He has tried to sound the alarm about climate change for many years and is co-author of Arctic Gardens-Voices from an Abundant Land, a non-fiction book that details the lives of First Nation peoples living in the arctic of North America. Harman’s environmental activism includes being co-founder of a non-profit organization that has developed an innovative model to match investors with certain tax profiles with non-profit organizations seeking photovoltaic energy systems for their physical locations.
Dr. Harvard G.Ayers, a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, is a social scientist who writes general interest books and journalistic pieces to explain contemporary environmental and social justice issues of great interest. He was Senior Editor of An Appalachian Tragedy: Air Pollution and Tree Death in the Eastern Forests of North America.(1998) The main intent in his research has been to show the fascinating intersection of modern environmental issues including air pollution and climate change with modern cultures in the Appalachian coal fields and “climate change ground-zero” of the Arctic of Alaska and adjacent Canada, the province of Native American and First Nation peoples. Dr. Ayers’ career spanned 44 years of teaching general anthropology (cultural, physical, and archeology.) He has led ASU students to Mexico, the Native American tribes in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Eskimo and Indian tribes in the Arctic of Alaska and Canada.
High Country Writers has been “energizing” writers since 1995! Regular meetings are at the Watauga County Public Library on second and fourth Thursdays of most months from ten until noon, and speakers’ programs are co-sponsored by the Library. HCW members present writing skills workshops on the first Thursday of the month and have recently partnered with the Watauga Arts Council in hosting these workshops. In the event of inclement weather, the High Country Writers Program will be canceled. Guests are welcome.


Phone: (828) 264-8784 x2
  • Closest Town or City:
    • Boone
  • County:
    • Watauga
  • Event Category:
    • Environmental,
    • Literary,
    • Meetings
  • Additional Info:
    • Alcohol-Free,
    • Free

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