Readings & Storytimes

Unless otherwise noted all events are free of charge and open to the public.
Reading and Booksigning
May 5 2015 - 2:00pm
the Next Page Bookstore
Bedlam Farm in upstate New York is where I live, write and tend my animals - four dogs, two donkeys, two barn cats. The rambling old farmhouse was built in 1862; it's surrounded by pastures, streams and wooded hillsides, plus four barns and a milkhouse in various stages of disrepair. I write books- memoirs, novels, short story collections, and beginning in 2011, children's books. I am also a photographer.
Reading and Booksigning
May 9 2015 - 3:00pm
the Next Page Bookstore
Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital  A Study of the 500-Year Flood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa     KEVIN F. ADLER

Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital examines the vastly under-explored link between natural disasters and social capital in regards to the unprecedented June 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In-depth qualitative interviews with flood victims and key informants in Cedar Rapids reveal that a resident’s perception of social capital after a natural disaster is shaped by their vulnerabilities and social mobility, which vary substantially and need to be understood contextually. This book, in highlighting the enormous impact of one disaster in a mid-sized Midwestern city, offers a framework for a new theory for why social capital shifts in societies from one generation to another: the transformative impact of shared traumas.