Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary Benefits From "UnspOILed'' Book, St. Petersburg

Who knew that the upcoming release of "UnspOILed,'' a book about off-shore drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico would turn out to be so timely, or untimely as the case may be?

The book's official release on Friday, June 18, at The Studio@620 in St. Petersburg comes on the heels of what many are calling the worst environmental disaster in the modern age with an oil well still leaking and threatening to cause untold harm to the world's ecosystem.

"When we began this project last fall, the thought of the Gulf Coast being ruined in our lifetime was only a distant nightmare. Now, just as our project comes to fruition, we are heartbroken, terrified and furious," says Susan Cerulean, one of the editors and writers for the book.  "But we are not powerless. Prior to the catastrophe there was no unified voice to match the lobbying power of big oil. We hope that our book will help generate support in favor of protecting our most precious coastline."

Planning for the book began In the fall of 2009 by a group of 12 authors, including Thomas Hallock, assistant professor of English at University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, and USF-St. Pete students Edward Woodward and Jono Miller. The book features an anthology of essays and other writings about the Gulf, and was written in response to Florida lobbyists and legislators who pushed to eliminate the ban protecting the Gulf from offshore oil drilling.

The book is being published by the Red Hills Writers Project in Tallahassee.

The event begins at 7pm at The Studio@620 on Friday, June 18. A donation of $5 is suggested, and contributions will fittingly benefit the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Melanie Marquez, USF-St. Petersburg; Susan Cerulean, author

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