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Full Body Burden Adds to Awards Shelf With Colorado Book Award

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Kristen Iversen’s Full Body Burden has received the 2013 Colorado Book Award in the general non-fiction category.  Iversen, the director of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Memphis, previously won the Colorado Book Award her biography Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, which was published in 2011.  The book, which took Iversen 10 years to write, was initially published by Crown in June of 2012.  A paperback version went on-sale on June 4.

Crown originally scheduled Iversen for a modest book tour, but due to growing demand and the book’s acclaim, the author has now spoken in more than twenty states and three countries.  She will be a featured author at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.  “It’s controversial. Sometimes funny, often dark, it tells a hidden, secret side of American history and how that history affected the lives of individual people — that is, me — as well as my parents, my siblings, and our horses and dogs and cats,” said Iversen.  “…few people know the story and devastating legacy of the secret Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, just down the road from my family’s home near Denver. Now they know.”

Click here to view author Kristen Iversen’s presentation at the 2013 First-Year Experience® Conference

Click here for more information about the author’s speaking engagements

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Kristen Iversen’s Full Body Burden Now Available in Paperback

Full Body Burden TRFull Body Burden by Kristen Iversen, which was chosen one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association, as well as being named a 2012 Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic, is now available in paperback.

A finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, Iversen’s narrative nonfiction about  growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant, has been adopted for Common Reading at Virginia Commonwealth University, St. Bonaventure University, Fort Lewis College, California State University at Sacramento, Madison Community College, and Michigan Tech University.  Iversen was recently honored by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in Washington, DC for outstanding contributions to communities living in the shadow of nuclear weapons sites and radioactive waste dumps.

Click here to view Kristen Iversen’s presentation at the 2013 FYE conference.

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Kristen Iversen Wins Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Award

Left to right: Diane Curran, Ron Wyden,  Kathleen Sullivan and Kristen Iversen

Left to right: Diane Curran, Ron Wyden, Kathleen Sullivan and Kristen Iversen.

Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden, was honored on April 16 by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in Washington, DC.  Fellow honorees included U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, director and filmmaker Kathleen Sullivan, and environmental lawyer Diane Curran.  The ANA, founded in 1987, represents the concerns of communities living in the shadow of nuclear weapons sites and radioactive waste dumps.

Full Body Burden has been chosen as one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association, a 2012 Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic and a Finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.  The book has been selected as Common Reading at Fort Lewis College, California State University, Sacramento, Michigan Technical University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Click here to view Kristen Iversen’s presentation at the 2013 FYE conference.

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Click here to read about the ANA.

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View Author Videos Now: the First-Year Experience® 2013 Conference

Random House hosted two author events at the recent First-Year Experience® 2013 Conference in Orlando, Florida from February 23-26.  Video from the event is now posted to the Common Reads YouTube channel.  For your convenience, individual author videos are below:

COCKTAILS & CONVERSATIONS
Sunday, February 24th, 6:30pm-7:30pm

FEATURING:

*CHARLES DUHIGGauthor of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

*BEN CASNOCHA, co-author of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

NINTH ANNUAL RANDOM HOUSE AUTHOR LUNCHEON
Monday, February 25th, 11:45am-1:30pm

FEATURING:

*SUSAN CAIN, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

*DONOVAN CAMPBELL, author of The Leader’s Code:  Mission, Character, Service, and Getting the Job Done

*ERNEST CLINE, author of Ready Player One: A Novel

*KRISTEN IVERSEN, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

*JERRY MCGILL, author of Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me

PRESENTED TITLES:

The Power of Habit HCThe Start-Up of YouQuiet PBThe Leader's Code HCReady Player One TPFull Body Burden HCDear Marcus TP

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St. Bonaventure University Chooses Full Body Burden For 2013 Common Read

Full Body Burden HCSt. Bonaventure University, a private, Catholic university, in New York, has selected Kristen Iversen’s Full Body Burden as their 2013 Common Reader.

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Madisonville Community College Selects Full Body Burden As Common Reader

Full Body Burden HCMadisonville Community College in Kentucky has selected Kristen Iversen’s Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats for their 2013-2014 Common Reading Program.  The book chronicles Iversen’s childhood growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant.  It has already been selected for Common Reading at California State University–Sacramento, Michigan Technical University and Virginia Commonwealth University, and has been chosen as one of the “Best Books of 2012” by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association, and a “2012 Best Book about Justice” by The Atlantic.

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Kristen Iversen To Read At Goddard College

Full Body Burden HCKristen Iversen will be reading portions of her book Full Body Burden at Goddard College on Monday, April 22 from 7:30-9:30pm.

Selected as Virginia Commonwealth University and Fort Lewis College’s 2012 Common Read, Full Body Burden is a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated “the most contaminated site in America.”  Through intensive investigative work based on extensive interviews, FBI and EPA documents, and class action testimony, as well as the powerful telling of one woman’s deeply personal story, Full Body Burden engages a key issue of our time in a profoundly unique and compulsively readable way.

Clear here to learn about Kristen Iversen’s Visiting Writers Series event at Goddard College.

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Brevity Magazine Praises Kristen Iversen’s Full Body Burden

Full Body Burden JacketFull Body Burden by Kristen Iversen, recently chosen as common reading at both Virginia Commonwealth University and Fort Lewis College, was given an outstanding review on January 7 from Brevity Magazine’s Cassandra Kircher.  Brevity, an online literary magazine that publishes essays of 750 words or less and averages 10,000 unique visitors per month, praised Full Body for its “ability to shift gears from the journalistic and factual to the aesthetic.”  Full Body Burden, which chronicles a family living in Colorado near Rocky Flats, a nuclear weapons plant, is available in hardcover.  It will be released in paperback this June.

Kristen Iversen is currently an associate professor at The University of Memphis.

Please click here to read Kircher’s review: http://tinyurl.com/avz77nj

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RSVP for Random House Events at First-Year Experience® 2013

FYECocktailInviteFinalFYELuncheonInviteFinal The 2013 meeting of the First-Year Experience®—February 23rd-26th in Orlando, FL—is on the horizon.  If you are planning to attend we invite you to join us at our Cocktail & Conversations event on the evening of Sunday, February 24th, as well as the Ninth Annual Random House Author Luncheon on Monday, February 25th.  Please see below for more information.

Cocktails & Conversations
Sunday, February 24th
Click here for the official invitation: http://tiny.cc/8hmhow

Featuring:
*BEN CASNOCHA, co-author of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
*CHARLES DUHIGG, author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Ninth Annual Random House Author Luncheon
Monday, February 25th
Click here for the official invitation: http://tinyurl.com/bwjs7o4

Featuring:
*SUSAN CAIN, Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
*DONOVAN CAMPBELL, author of The Leader’s Code:  Mission, Character, Service, and Getting the Job Done
*ERNEST CLINE, author of Ready Player One: A Novel
*KRISTEN IVERSEN, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats
*JERRY MCGILL, author of Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me

 Space is limited.  You may RSVP for either or both events at http://www.randomhouse.com/acmart/invite/

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

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Kristen Iversen on Writing Full Body Burden

Full Body Burden is a work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated “the most contaminated site in America.” It’s the story of growing up in the shadow of the Cold War, in a landscape at once startlingly beautiful and—unknown to those who lived there—tainted with invisible yet deadly particles of plutonium. Author Kristen Iversen shares with us her thoughts while writing Full Body Burden:

Rocky Flats was the great monolith of my childhood. Everyone in my neighborhood knew of Rocky Flats and was fearful of it—and fascinated by it—but no one knew what really went on there. Some thought it manufactured cleaning supplies. For decades, Rocky Flats had been releasing toxic and radioactive elements into the air, water, and soil, but it had all been covered up. The government, Dow Chemical, and later Rockwell International, one of the nation’s largest industrial corporations, assured us that Rocky Flats was safe, despite constant and ongoing leaks and fires. There was a lot of cancer and illness in my neighborhood, and we all wondered if it was related to Rocky Flats. But no one talked openly Continue reading

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