Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008 7:00 PM
On Wednesday September 17th at 7:00 PM Rabelais will present Elizabeth Royte, the author of Bottlemania, How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It, at One Longfellow Square. In Bottlemania Elizabeth Royte, a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s and National Geographic, exposes the absurd lengths corporations have taken to commercialize water, a basic human need, and the surprising environmental and social toll of simply quenching our thirst.
A $15 billion dollar a year business in the U.S., bottled water is poised, within four years, to over take soda as our number-one beverage. Royte surpasses current media coverage of the bottled-water phenomenon and tracks this increasingly urgent environmental issue directly to its source at springs and taps around the U.S. She visits Fryeburg, Maine, where the giant multinational corporation Nestlé is battling locals to export their groundwater in Poland Spring bottles.
As the world runs out of easily accessible fresh water and this resource becomes more precious than oil, Royte asks, 'Whose hand do you want controlling the tap?’ Bottlemania will change the way you think about what you drink.
Rabelais is proud to present a discussion of this important issue to the people of Maine in a new venue, One Longfellow Square located in Portland’s West End. Royte will read from her book and take questions. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 and copies of Bottlemania will be available for sale and for Royte to sign.
Read an interview with Royte in Salon.com here.