Ralph Nader, Brian Mann in Glens FallsMatt Funiciello reports on two book events that will be happening in Glens Falls.
North Country Public Radio reporter Brian Mann will be hosting a town meeting style event regarding his book Welcome to the Homeland. It will be held on >May 9 at 6:30 PM at the Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe in Glens Falls.
I've read a bit about this book and heard him talk in other forums and it intrigues me. He contends the political divide in America is not the simplistic red state-blue state divide commonly assumed. He points out that there are many "red" areas in blue states and vice versa. His thesis is that the real divide in this country has the urban/suburban mentality (which he calls 'metro') on one side and rural mentality ('homeland') on another.
This is pretty similar to a thesis I came up with about 10 years ago after my experiences in West Africa so Mann's book interests me even more because of that.
The red-blue state explanation has always been too simplistic to really satisfy me. Especially as a resident of the southern Adirondacks... one of the 'reddest' parts of one of the 'bluest' states.
Matt also notes that Glens Falls will also be visited by Ralph Nader, former presidential candidate and one of the few truly great public citizens of the last half century. Nader will be at Red Fox Bookstore for a book signing on Friday May 25 from 3:00-4:30 PM. He will also participate in a Q&A session at Aimies Dinner and a Movie, also in downtown Glens Falls, that evening following a showing of a documentary about his career, An Unreasonable Man.