Somerville, Maine (PressExposure) October 16, 2007 -- It may not be the Nobel Prize, but Maine author Philip Harris has received "The LiFE Award: Literature for Environment" for his newly released book, Raping Louisiana: A Diary of Deceit. A resident of Somerville, Maine, this is Mr. Harris' fourth published book since the summer of 2006.
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Raping Louisiana: A Diary of Deceit by Philip F. Harris, with Stephen Burgoyne. Publisher: Write Words, Inc. ebooksonthe.net, and Cambridge Books ISBN(s)1-59431-495-0 paper 1-59431-541-8 ebook
A non-fictional account of clean-up efforts after the ecological disaster caused in New Orleans and surrounding areas by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This story puts a human face on an area that was raped by nature and then deceived by its government. Based upon the diary of a truck driver by the name of Stephen Burgoyne, we see a first hand account of the daily routine, the challenges and the bureaucratic ineptness that still plagues the residents of Louisiana. Steve tells a story in his diary entries that is far removed from the "official accounts" of government agencies and "spin doctors."
Do you worry about the future? Can you see how we are destroying all that is keeping us alive, depriving coming generations of the very basis of existence, stealing from poor countries in order to fuel our extravagant lifestyle? Are you saddened by the loss of species, by the replacement of nature's beauty and bounty by humanity's artificial, noisy, ugly creations of concrete, steel and plastic? If you are a writer, your attitudes and beliefs will have imbued your work. LiFE Award: Literature For Environment.
Author bio, photo and cover art available upon request!