Author Event - The New Wild West with Blaire Briody

The Avid Reader is thrilled to welcome Blaire Briody for a reading, discussion, and signing of her debut, "The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown" on Friday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. 

The New Wild West is the story of Williston, North Dakota. Williston was a sleepy farm town for generations—until the frackers arrived, overtaking the town and setting off a boom that America hadn’t seen since the Gold Rush. Workers from all over the country descended, chasing jobs that promised them six-figure salaries and demanded no prior experience. 

But for every person chasing the American dream, there is a darker side—reports of violence and sexual assault skyrocketed, schools overflowed, and housing prices soared. Real estate such a hot commodity that tent cities popped up, and many workers’ only option was to live out of their cars. Farmers whose families had tended the land for generations watched, powerless, as their fields were bulldozed to make way for one oil rig after another. 

The New Wild West is the definitive account of what’s happening on the ground and what really happens to a community when the energy industry is allowed to set up in a town with little regulation or oversight—and at what cost.

Blaire Briody is a journalist who has written for The New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Fast Company, and Glamour, among others. She has worked as a senior editor at The Fiscal Times and she received the Richard J. Margolis Award in 2014 for social justice reporting. She resides in Sonoma County, California. The New Wild West is her first book.

Event date: 
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250064929
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 26th, 2017