Author William Claassen

Thursday, September 14 › 7-8 p.m.

Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

The memoir "RISKS" takes the reader into unfamiliar communities, widely diverse cultures and challenging political territory. From the 1960s through the 1990s, William Claassen's political, sexual and spiritual identities evolved in unpredictable ways. Over those three decades, the author worked as a civil rights organizer in the South and a laborer on an Israeli kibbutz. He took to the road as a long distance hitchhiker and walked onto the New York stage as an actor. Claassen joined an Oregon tree-planting cooperative and served in the Peace Corps, became a resident of an intentional Quaker community, participated as a peace activist in Latin America, and, eventually, traveled the world on a spiritual pilgrimage, writing about it as a journalist. Copies of "RISKS" will be available for purchase and signing.

Registration: Not required.