Author Event - Dispatches From the Sweet Life with William Powers

The Avid Reader is happy to annouce that we will be hosting a discussion and signing with  William Powers and new book Dispatches From the Sweet Life will be with us on Thursday, September 20th at 7:30 p.m.

More on this title:

The trials and joys of a family striving to live sustainably off the work-and-spend treadmill by moving to South America.

 A memoir of life in Suraqueta, a subtropical town in Bolivia where the Andes meets the Amazon -- part of a grassroots network of "transition towns" that aim to increase self-sufficiency to reduce the potential effects of climate change and economic instability.

Many fantasize about dramatically changing their lives -- living in accordance with their ideals rather than the exigencies of job, bills, and possessions. William Powers actually does it. In his book Twelve by Twelve, Powers lived in an off-grid tiny house in rural North Carolina. In New Slow City, he and his wife, Melissa, inhabited a Manhattan micro-apartment in search of slow in the fastest city in the world. Here, the couple, with baby in tow, search for balance, community, and happiness in a small town in Bolivia. They build an adobe house, plant a prolific orchard and organic garden, and weave their life into a community of permaculturists, bio-builders, artists, and creative businesspeople. Can this Transition Town succeed in the face of encroaching North American capitalism, and can Powers and the other settlers find the balance they're seeking? Dispatches from the Sweet Life is compelling, sobering, thought-provoking, and, no matter the outcome, inspiring.

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More on this author:

An author, speaker, and expert on sustainable development, William Powers is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.

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Praise for Dispatches From the Sweet Life

"William Powers actually does what many of us in the Global North dream about and talk about but ultimately may not have the chutzpah to pull off: become an expat-on-a-budget in a place where life appears to be simpler, happier, and ultimately better. In this age in which the tyranny of time, scale, and efficiency robs us of moments to envision an alternative, Powers's description of homesteading in Bolivia is self-effacing, funny, and strikes at the core of what is missing today: a chance to get off the combine before we get pulverized by the system. Do we need to travel far to learn what's deep inside us all? The short answer is: probably yes." 
-- Richard McCarthy, executive director of Slow Food USA 

"In essence, the Transition movement is a network of storytelling, as people around the globe share their tales of trying to build more resilient, diverse, and connected communities in wildly varying settings. The story told in Dispatches from the Sweet Life is a powerful, fascinating look at trying to do Transition in one particular place. Its pages drip with illumination, insight, and wisdom." 
-- Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement 

Event date: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
Dispatches from the Sweet Life: One Family, Five Acres, and a Community's Quest to Reinvent the World Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781608685646
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: New World Library - November 15th, 2018