Update on the Colorado flood situation and Rocky Flats:  Water flowed heavily off the site and Walnut Creek and Woman Creek (the two streams that drain the contaminated former industrial area) were filled to overflowing and measuring equipment was temporarily knocked out. The situation is potentially critical with respect to plutonium in the water supply and contaminated sediment traveling off the site.  For daily updates on this situation, see Kristen’s author page on Facebook  or check one of the following links.

BBC News Hour

KGNU radio in Denver

Radio New Zealand

Fox News 13 (link forthcoming)


 Full Body Burden won the Colorado Book Award in Nonfiction and the Reading the West Book Award in Nonfiction.  

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Full Body Burden was also chosen one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association and 2012 Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic  The book was a a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

Virginia Commonwealth University, St. Bonaventure University, Fort Lewis College, California State University at Sacramento and Michigan Tech University, and other universities have chosen Full Body Burden for their First Year Experience/ Common Read Programs.

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CSPANSee Kristen’s recent presentation at the Tucson Festival of Books. CSPAN Video.

Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science at the American Institute of Physics explores the reasons people willing to live with the secrecy of Rocky Flats in his blog after a recent talk at the Smithsonian by Kristen Iversen.

The Telegraph wrote “Full Body Burden is one of those rare, life-changing works whose quiet, insistent moral authority commands us to read on and to remember.”

Kristen was also interviewed on NewsTalk Radio, Ireland.

Kristen recently appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air, C-Span Book TV, Colorado NPR, and many other programs.

Barnes & Noble chose Full Body Burden for their Summer 2012 Great New Writers Program.


Video of reading at The Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, CO on June 19, 2012.


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Reader’s Digest Video


BBC News