I was excited to find New Slow City available for pre-order on Amazon yesterday. Authored by William Powers, the 288-page book will be published by New World Library in November. In the meantime, you’ll find me working on the interior illustrations beginning next week. Take a look at the book’s summary and Powers’ bio below—this promises to be good.
Summary of New Slow City:
Burnt out after years of doing development and conservation work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot by 12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina. Could he live a similarly minimalist way in the belly of the go-go beast — New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot micro apartment in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a 20-hour work week, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries, rooftop gardening and beekeeping, and Glassphemy! recycling. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers practical inspiration to anyone trying to make urban life more people- and planet-friendly.
About the Author:
Born and raised on Long Island, William Powers has worked for over a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, Washington, D.C., and Native North America. From 2002 to 2004 he managed the community components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won a 2003 prize for environmental innovation from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His writings on global issues have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Slate, and the Sun. Mr. Powers has worked at the World Bank, and holds international relations degrees from Brown University and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. He is the author of the Liberia memoir Blue Clay People, the Bolivian memoir Whispering in the Giant’s Ear and the memoir of living “off-the-grid” in a twelve-foot-square cabin Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream. He is currently based part-time in New York City, and is freelance writer, speaker, and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute.