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Paying the Land: Joe Sacco on OPB’s Think Out Loud

Mon, November 16 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST
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This event will be broadcast on Think Out Loud on OPB Radio. Find your frequency here, or listen at OPB.org.

Eisner Award–winning author Joe Sacco, “heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman” (Economist), discusses his new book, Paying the Land, a masterful work of comics journalism about indigenous North America, resource extraction, and our debt to the natural world with OPB’s Dave Miller, host of Think Out Loud.

About Paying the Land

The Dene have lived in the vast Mackenzie River Valley since time immemorial, by their account. To the Dene, the land owns them, not the other way around, and it is central to their livelihood and very way of being. But the subarctic Canadian Northwest Territories are home to valuable resources, including oil, gas, and diamonds. With mining came jobs and investment, but also road-building, pipelines, and toxic waste, which scarred the landscape, and alcohol, drugs, and debt, which deformed a way of life.

In Paying the Land, Joe Sacco travels the frozen North to reveal a people in conflict over the costs and benefits of development. The mining boom is only the latest assault on indigenous culture: Sacco recounts the shattering impact of a residential school system that aimed to “remove the Indian from the child”; the destructive process that drove the Dene from the bush into settlements and turned them into wage laborers; the government land claims stacked against the Dene Nation; and their uphill efforts to revive a wounded culture.

Against a vast and gorgeous landscape that dwarfs all human scale, Paying the Land lends an ear to trappers and chiefs, activists and priests, to tell a sweeping story about money, dependency, loss, and culture—recounted in stunning visual detail by one of the greatest cartoonists alive.


PURCHASE PAYING THE LAND

Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco is the author of Footnotes in Gaza, for which he received an Eisner Award and the Ridenhour Book Prize, as well as PalestineJournalismSafe Area Goražde (also an Eisner winner), and other books including, most recently, Paying the Land. His works have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in DetailsThe New York Times MagazineTime, and Harpers. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Purchase Paying the Land from POWELL'S BOOKS, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Dave Miller

Dave Miller is the host of Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, "Think Out Loud." Before coming to OPB, Dave was the senior producer of "Open Source," a nationally syndicated radio show based at the NPR affiliate station WGBH in Boston. He began his radio career as a documentary producer at Sound Portraits Productions and StoryCorps. From 2008 to 2011, he worked as the online host of the show. His stories have aired on NPR's "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition" and "Weekend Edition Saturday." Dave graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English.
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