The Authors: Sharon Bushell was awarded
the Alaska Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities in 2004 for her
biographical works. She is author of the We Alaskans books. Stan Jones
has written three titles in the Alaska-based Nathan Active mystery fiction
series. Both authors are available for author events.
|The stories tell of a shockingly
slow response, the struggle to save the stricken tanker, the often heroic
but largely futile efforts to limit the spread of oil and clean the beaches,
a heart-breaking loss of fish and wildlife, a crippling blow to the commercial
fishing industry, a public relations fiasco, a lingering human toll, and
a loss of innocence among Alaskans who believed this spill would never happen.
Reliving their experiences are fishermen, Native villagers, biologists,
environmentalists, sociologists, Exxon executives, the governor, mayors,
journalists, workers who washed oily rocks—even the skipper of the
For many of them, as one sociologist put it, “the only way the Exxon Valdez disaster will end is when they die.”
For the rest of us, the spill is a cautionary tale about the high cost of complacency and neglect, and fair warning of the perils of putting off disaster planning for another day. One day, tomorrow will be too late.