Iris Jamahl Dunkle, author of “Interrupted Geographies”

Interrupted Geographies is a book that asks what it costs to build a community without a foundation. It explores the forgotten history of Pithole, Pennsylvania from 1865-67. Pithole was America’s first oil boom town that legend has it survived only 500 days before it burned to the ground. With wells grossing $1,000,000 a day, Pithole was a place of great wealth and great destitution, a place where girls, some as young as eleven, were forced into sexual slavery.