William L. Fox signs and presents The Half-Life of History at Sundance


What: William L. Fox signs and presents The Half-Life of History: The Atomic Bomb and Wendover Air Base. The program will include a visual presentation followed by Q&A and book signing.

Where: Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno

When: Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

About the book: In Hiroshima, Japan, a twisted steel dome is grim reminder of a city destroyed by the first atomic bomb used in warfare. It is a history no one dares to forget. Halfway around the globe on the Utah/Nevada border stands another ruin, the airplane hangar inside of which the bomber that carried the Hiroshima bomb was readied for its mission. Wendover Airbase, once the world’s largest, now crumbles from neglect. The stories and relics at Wendover describe more than the past; they also point to a historic cycle, to a present filled with new apprehensions that carry the potential for a chilling future. Artist Mark Klett, known for his ongoing exploration of landscape, history and the passage of time through the medium of photography, and William L. Fox, a celebrated science and art writer whose work has focused on human cognition and memory, teamed up to create a fascinating visual and verbal multi-layered portrait of Wendover Airbase and the experience of memory in relation to the use of the atomic bomb by the American military in World War II.

About the author: William L. Fox, director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, has variously been called an art critic, science writer and cultural geographer. He has published 13 books on cognition and landscape, numerous essays in art monographs, magazines and journals, and 15 collections of poetry. Among his recent nonfiction titles are Aereality: On the World from Above and Terra Antarctica: Looking Into the Emptiest Continent. Fox is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and Explorers Club, and recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and National Science Foundation.

Since opening its doors in 1985, Sundance Books and Music has been dedicated to the service of books and book lovers. As a local, independent bookstore, Sundance is committed to strengthening and contributing to both our local and global communities.

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