December 24, 2008, 11:59 a.m.
Weisman book about Colombian village reissued
Chelsea Green Publishing has reissued "Gaviotas - A Village to Reinvent the World" by best-selling author and University of Arizona instructor Alan Weisman.
In the 10th anniversary edition, the author of the acclaimed "The World Without Us" revisits the Colombian village he wrote about in 1998.
"Nearly two decades ago, while covering a rather harrowing story for the New York Times Magazine, I unexpectedly came across a living example of how humans might actually be able to strike a harmonious, sustainable bargain with our natural surroundings," Weisman says in a news release. "To this day, the village of Gaviotas in eastern Colombia remains the most hopeful portent I've ever seen amidst the hell that too often defines our modern world."
In the 10 years since the book was published, Weisman and his readers often have wondered how the village has fared under the civil war that has ravaged some parts of the country. To find out, Weisman flew to Bogotá and chartered a plane across the Andes, to Gaviotas.
"I'm pleased to say that my expanded afterword to this 10th anniversary edition of 'Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World' reports not only how they've managed to survive, but how they are conjuring ingenious new ways so that even the rest of us might actually thrive in this challenging new century," says Weisman, who teaches international journalism at UA.