Sanctuary in Maynard hosts author Keith O’Brien for book talk

In the late 1970s, people living in a tiny town near Niagara Falls discovered the place they called home was teaming with toxic chemicals.

That place was called Love Canal and is the topic of “Paradise Falls,” a new book by Keith O’Brien.

O’Brien will launch his book at 7 pm, Tuesday, April 12, at the Sanctuary, 82 Main St. in Maynard. Hosted by The Silver Unicorn bookstore in Acton, the event will feature a discussion of the book by O’Brien followed by a conversation with the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental reporter David Abel, said Paul Swydan, owner of The Silver Unicorn. After the discussion there will be time for questions.

O’Brien wrote the book to remind people of the continued relevance of Love Canal and to capture the human drama behind what was one of the greatest environmental disasters of the 20th century.

“[It was] one of the great awakening moments when people began to realize for the first time that concerns about the environment weren’t abstract. They could be right in their own backyard. They could be right in their house. They could be in their water,” he said.

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