Angela Day shares her book, "Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster," at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
"Red Light" documents a tragic 1989 event that stunned the world, recounts regional and national history, and explains how oil titans came to be entrusted with a spectacular, fragile ecosystem. It discusses the disaster's environmental consequences as well as ineffective governmental and public policy decisions.
Angela Day spent nearly a decade working evenings and summers around a full-time job and graduate school in order to complete her manuscript. She lives in Snohomish with her husband, Bobby Day.
A native of Cordova, Alaska, Bobby Day who was in a hotel room waiting for the herring season to open when the massive spill happened. His story lends a local perspective and conveys the damage suffered by individuals and the fishing industry.
In the end, the 10,000 fishermen affected by the spill spent nearly 20 years in litigation and received little compensation for their losses. Despite a massive cleanup effort, oil remains on the beaches and continues to impact marine life.