The Red Market:On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers
by Scott Carney
About the Book
The Red Market is a shocking tour through a macabre global underworld where organs, bones, and live people are bought and sold. Investigative journalist Scott Carney spent five years tracing the lucrative and deeply secretive trade in human bodies and body parts. The Red Market reveals the rise, fall, and resurgence of this multibillion-dollar underground trade, from body snatchers and surrogate mothers to skeleton dealers and the poor who sell body parts to survive. While local and international law enforcement have cracked down on the market, advances in science have increased the demand for human tissue—ligaments, kidneys, even rented space in women’s wombs—leaving little room to consider the ethical dilemmas inherent in the flesh-and-blood trade.
About the Author
Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world. His work blends narrative nonfiction with ethnography. Currently, he is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a 2016-17 Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism in Boulder, Colorado. Carney was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his work has been the subject of a variety of radio and television programs on NPR and National Geographic TV.
Exploring Michigan’s Urban Legends
Thursday, July 27, 2017, 8:00 pm
Grand Rapids Brewing Company – 1 Ionia SW
Take a trip into the strange world of Michigan’s urban legends and lore with local history enthusiast Amberrose Hammond. From ghostly to cautionary, these odd, spooky, and funny tales are part of our state’s folklore and history. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Seating is first come, first served. This program is for ages 21 and over.
Giving the Gift of Life: Fact vs. Fiction
Thursday, August 24, 2017 6:30 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE
Truth can be stranger than fiction. Learn about the organ, tissue, and eye donation process in our state and nation. Jennifer Tislerics, from Gift of Life Michigan, will provide details about who is eligible to donate, how matches are made, and the logistics behind donations. Local people who have received life-saving organ transplants and whose loved ones donated will share their inspiring stories. Ask questions and have an opportunity to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
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