In a horrific peaceful protest gone wrong, S. Brian Wilson lost both his legs when he was run over by a train loaded with military weaponry. He's written about that experience, and much more, in a newly published memoir.
After recovering from his encounter with the munitions train, Willson acquired a pair of prosthetic legs with which he can walk freely now. But because of the circumstances—and the politics through which he got them, Brian often refers to them as his "third world legs."
On September 1, 1987, Willson was quietly sitting between the tracks as the train approached, part of a well-publicized protest intended to delay, if not halt, the shipment of weaponry it carried. He says he has no memories at all of the locomotive bearing down on him or its impact. And he's surprised to have lived through the near-lethal encounter.
Willlson's book tour, which began in his hometown of Portland, has been somewhat leisurely in its pace, due to his decision to travel from town to town exclusively on his hand-powered bicycle.
S. Brian Willson's remaining Bay Area book tour dates for Blood on the Tracks are as follows:
TUESDAY JULY 12 • SANTA ROSA 7:15pm - Santa Rosa Friends House, 684 Benicia Dr.
WEDNESDAY JULY 13 • WALNUT CREEK 7:00pm - Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, 55 Eckley Ln.
THURSDAY JULY 14 • SEBASTOPOL 7:00pm - Community Church of Sebastopol, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy North (sponsored by Copperfields)
FRIDAY JULY 15 • SAN RAFAEL 7:30pm - First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Dr. (at Third)
SUNDAY JULY 17 • SAN FRANCISCO 12:30pm - First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St. (at Geary)
MONDAY JULY 18 • BERKELEY 6:00pm (talk begins at 7) - Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. (at Bonita)
TUESDAY JULY 19 • SAN JOSE 7:00pm - San Jose Peace AND Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.
WEDNESDAY JULY 20 • CAPITOLA 7:30pm - Capitola Book Café, 1475 41st Ave., Capitola
FRIDAY JULY 22 • SEASIDE 5:00pm - Peace Resource Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd.
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is available for purchase from your favorite bookseller or from PM Press.