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Eula Biss

When: Thu., Nov. 6, 7 p.m. 2014

THURSDAY, NOV. 6, DURHAM

DUKE'S NELSON MUSIC ROOM—"The comparisons between Eula Biss, Susan Sontag and Joan Didion are apt," says Center for Documentary Studies writer-in-residence Duncan Murrell. That's some august company, but the comparison holds water. A nonfiction writer par excellence, Biss won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her essays dissecting the metaphors of race in 2009 collection Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays. Her new book On Immunity: An Inoculation gives the same treatment to the vaccination wars, deploying Biss' own child-rearing experience, her conversations with other mothers and threads of Voltaire and Rachel Carson to examine the fog of fear and misinformation surrounding vaccines—with heart and lyricism, not dry reportage. "She's a poet, an essayist and a class spy," the New York Times writes of the book. "She reveals herself as believer and apostate, moth and flame." Biss inaugurates the new Kenan-CDS Visiting Writers Series in Ethics, Society and Documentary Art with a public reading and book signing. This is some good medicine. 7 p.m., free, 1304 Campus Dr., 919-660-3663, www.documentarystudies.duke.edu. —Brian Howe

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