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Sharman Apt Russell to Present Reading,
Book Signing on November 20


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William Riddle WarnerBook Reading:
Hunger: An Unnatural History

Author Sharman Apt Russell will read from her newly published book, Hunger: An Unnatural History, on Sunday, November 20, at 2:00 p.m. at the Silver City Museum. A book signing will follow. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will include a discussion of Russell’s recent research into hunger in Grant County. Copies of Hunger, published by Basic Books, will be available in the Museum Store.

Kirkus Reviews calls Russell’s new book “an engrossing account of the myriad aspects of hunger, from its psychological and physical effect on the body to the spiritual, therapeutic and political motivations for fasting,” while the San Francisco Chronicle describes the author’s writing as “luminous.” The Santa Fe New Mexican says, “Even if you think you know hunger, even if you've fasted for three days or a week, this compelling book will offer something you didn't know about going without food. In always-lively prose . . . Russell showers the reader with eye-opening facts and anecdotes, scientific data and personal reflections on hunger and its historical, anthropological, physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects.” In a starred review, Booklist declares Hunger to be “an extraordinarily well-crafted, far-reaching, and heart-wrenching investigation.”

Sharman Apt Russell, a professor in the Humanities Department at Western New Mexico University, has explored a wide range of subjects in her published works. Her nonfiction books include Songs of the Flute Player: Seasons of Change in the Southwest; When the Land was Young: Reflections on American Archaeology; Kill the Cowboy: A Battle of Mythology in the New West; Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers; and An Obsession With Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect. She has also published a novel, The Last Matriarch, and is co-author, with Susan Berry, of Built to Last: An Architectural History of Silver City, New Mexico.

Upon completing Hunger, Russell did further exploration on a local level to bring this universal topic home to Grant County. Her research and a resulting article, prepared as part of a course release from WNMU, turned up disturbing statistics about hunger in the community. She learned that 59 percent of students in the Silver Consolidated School district and more than 75 percent of students in the Cobre School District are eligible for a free or reduced meal at school. To help ensure that these students receive adequate nutrition outside of school, Russell has launched Alimento para el Nino, a school-based food pantry program which gives kids in the local schools backpacks of food to take home over the weekend.

For more information, contact the Silver City Museum at (505) 538-5921 or info@silvercitymuseum.org.