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Red Barn Event - Pushed: Miners, a Merchant, and (Maybe) a Massacre

Thursday, February 22, 2024
7:00 pm8:00 pm
HYBRID EVENT: WRI's Red Barn 347 Division Street, Leavenworth, WA 98826 or livestream via YouTube.

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This is a FREE event with a donation basket at the door.

Doors open at 6:30pm for a community social with beer and wine available for purchase. The presentation will start at 7:00pm. Red Barn Events are now hybrid; you may join us in person in the Red Barn or livestream virtually.

We are partnering with A Book for All Seasons to sell Ana Maria Spagna's new book PUSHED: Miners, a Merchant and (Maybe) a Massacre. Pick up a copy and get it signed!

One day in 1875, according to lore, a large number of Chinese miners—perhaps as many as three hundred—were murdered, their bodies pushed over a cliff into the Columbia River. In her new book, Pushed: Miners, a Merchant, and (Maybe) a Massacre, Stehekin author Ana Maria Spagna explores the so-called Chelan Falls Massacre. In this talk, Spagna will describe her research into the event including encounters with historians, archaeologists, Indigenous elders, migrant workers, and descendants of “Gold Mountain sojourners.” She will explore the phenomena of historically ignored and “fake” massacres in an attempt to discover what really happened to these Chinese miner, as well as examine contemporary xenophobia in our region.

Ana Maria Spagna is the author, most recently, of PUSHED: Miners, a Merchant and (Maybe) a Massacre. Her previous books include Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going, Reclaimers, stories of elder women reclaiming sacred land and water, Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus, winner of the River Teeth literary nonfiction prize, 100 Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It) a humor-infused exploration of how to live more lightly on the planet, as well as a middle-grade novel, The Luckiest Scar on Earth, and a poetry chapter, Mile Marker Six. Ana Maria’s work has also been recognized by the Society for Environmental Journalists, and as a four-time finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She lives in Stehekin, Washington with her wife, Laurie.