Q&A with Taras Grescoe, author of Straphangers

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013 View Count = 1048

Q&A with Taras Grescoe, author of Straphangers

In our third installation of Wednesday Q&As with Shaughnessy Cohen Prize nominees, we sit down with award-winning author Taras Grescoe to chat about his new book Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile. Grescoe has written for publications such as The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler. In 2008, he won the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize  for his book Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood.

Don’t forget! You can submit your guess for who you think will win the prize. Even if you guess wrong, you’ll still be entered in a draw to win all 5 nominated books!

And now, Taras Grescoe…

Can you describe the genesis of Straphanger? What brought you to the subject?

For the last decade, I’ve been thinking about writing a book-length examination of how cars changed our lives, and how car-centered thinking has transformed our cities. But I didn’t want to contribute another angry screed against the evil motorcar to the literature. There are so many people thinking differently about transportation, and so many amazing initiatives happening in cities around the world, that I figured I could combine a little righteous anger and a lot of hope and optimism in the same book—which is why I detail how we got into the mess of sprawl and congestion, and how a lot of committed people are finding ways to get us out of it.

Read the rest of the Q&A here

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