News Release - June 9, 2009

Author and Journalist David Ewing Duncan Appearing at San Francisco Public Libra

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2009

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282 mjeffers@sfpl.org

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Author and Journalist David Ewing Duncan Appearing at San Francisco Public Library

EXPERIMENTAL MAN: What One Man’s Body Reveals About His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World

If you could, would you like to know how long you had to live? What diseases you’re susceptible to? Or what the environment around you is doing to your overall health? Ultimately, would you want to know how you might die? Most of us would decline but most of us aren’t author and journalist David Ewing Duncan. Duncan will be appearing at the San Francisco Public Library on Tuesday, June 16 to discuss his latest book: Experimental Man: What One Man’s Body Reveals About His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World. The talk begins at 6 p.m. in the Main Library’s Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.

Duncan has taken “guinea pig” journalism to the very edge of science, building on award-winning articles he wrote for National Geographic and Wired, in which he was tested for hundreds of chemical toxins – from pesticides to plastic additives – and for millions of genetic markers associated with disease, emotions, and other traits. Expanding on these tests, he examines his genes, environment, brain, and body, exploring what they reveal about his and his family's future health, beliefs, attitudes and behavior, and his ancestry, as well as the profound impact of this new self-knowledge on what it means to be human.

Duncan weaves personal stories relating to his tests - such as growing up near a toxic waste dump in Kansas, and family incidents of disease - with visits to cutting-edge scientists and labs around the world. The talk is sponsored by Wallace Stegner Environmental Center and is a Green Stacks and Evolve 2009 event.

About SFPL Green Stacks

San Francisco Public Library’s Green Stacks is a new program dedicated to helping the City go green. Libraries have always been dedicated to free, renewable resources and this new, citywide program highlights the environmental initiatives, programs, exhibitions and information created and supported by today’s library system. In partnership with SF Environment and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Green Stacks empowers all library users to live a more eco-friendly life. Find out more at sfpl.org/green.

For more information on the Library, please call (415) 557-4277.

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