Valdez disaster is visiting author’s topic

Angela Day, author of "Red Light to Starboard," will be the October speaker for the Cannon Beach Library's Northwest Author Series.

Angela Day, author of “Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster,” will be the speaker for the Cannon Beach Library’s October Northwest Author Series.

The talk will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 11 in the library.

Day takes readers behind the scenes to the moments before the super tanker ran aground, ripping a huge hole in her hull and spilling enormous amounts of crude oil into Prince Wales Sound. Lengthy investigations revealed cover-ups, reckless management, numerous safety violations and a broken regulatory process. Ten thousand fishermen whose livelihoods depended on a healthy sound spent nearly 20 years in litigation and in the end received little for their losses.

“Red Light to Starboard” discusses the tragedy’s environmental consequences as well as failed governmental and public policy decisions. Day also tracks the changes that, through opportunities for citizen input and oversight, offer hope for the future.

Day spent nearly a decade, juggling a full-time job and graduate school, working on this book. She is a doctoral candidate in the political science department at the University of Washington. Her dissertation is titled “When the Whistle Failed to Blow.” Day lives in Snohomish with her husband Bobby Day who was a fisherman in Valdez when the tanker went aground.

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