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    January 01, 2018
    INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP presents
    investigative journalist and
    New York Times bestselling author

    GARY TAUBES
    with his latest book

    THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR

    Thursday, January 25, at 7:00pm

    “Taubes’s writing is both inflammatory and copiously researched. It is also well timed… Hard-charging (and I’ll add game-changing).” —Dan Barber, The New York Times

    “[A] blitz of a book… Mr. Taubes’s argument is so persuasive that, after reading THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR, this functioning chocoholic cut out the Snacking Bark and stopped eating cakes and white bread… THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR should be a powerful weapon against future misinformation.” —Eugenia Bone, The Wall Street Journal

    “The obesity epidemic is an ever-growing threat to the overall health of our nation. In making the case against sugar, Gary Taubes details the often insidious efforts by the sugar industry to hide how harmful it is, just as the tobacco companies once did.  This is required reading for not only every parent, but every American.” —Katie Couric

    “Taubes builds his case through lawyerly layering of rich detail… Extraordinary and refreshing.” The Atlantic

    Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Dec 28 - On Thursday, January 25, the investigative journalist and author of Why We Get Fat Gary Taubes visits The Music Hall as part of its Innovation + Leadership series to speak about his New York Times bestseller, THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR. This groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé, just released in paperback, makes the case that sugar is the "tobacco of the new millennium": backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.

    The 7pm event includes an author presentation and moderated Q+A, plus a post-event book signing and meet-and-greet. It will be held at The Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress St., in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Each ticket purchased will include a reserved seat and copy of THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR.
     
    “This book is perfect for those people making New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier. The answer, according to Gary Taubes: cut sugar. It’s a message we’ve heard before, but Taubes digs deep and explains the science and politics behind America’s addiction to sugar, and why it’s so important to curb that craving,” said Tina Sawtelle, Chief Financial Officer at The Music Hall, who moderates the event. “I’m looking forward to talking with him about the book, his research, and how we can make better decisions about what we eat.”

    ABOUT THE BOOK
    Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans’ history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss; and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Gary Taubes is the author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories. He is a former staff writer for Discover and a correspondent for the journal Science. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire, and has been included in numerous “Best of” anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. He is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research and a co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He lives in Oakland, California.

    ABOUT THE GUEST MODERATOR
    Tina Sawtelle is the Chief Financial Officer at The Music Hall, and has held past leadership positions in the health care, higher education and retail industries. She has served on the board of Homemakers Health Services in Rochester, NH, and been an alumni advisor to her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire, where she participates in the Paul T. Paul College of Business and Economics' FIRE Peer Advisor and Women in Business Mentor programs.  Tina resides on the Seacoast of New Hampshire with her family where she is chief menu planner and wellness guru!

    TICKETS
    Tickets for Innovation and Leadership: Gary Taubes on Thursday, January 25, at 7:00pm are $30 ($28 for members) and include an autographed copy of THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR ($16, paperback), bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A and book signing meet-and-greet. Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.

    About Innovation and Leadership
    In this Age of Participation, The Music Hall has expanded its programming to focus on issues critical to our time. The Innovation and Leadership series was first launched nearly five years ago to serve our local business community, bringing together the best and the brightest in technology.  The series has since broadened to showcase opinion leaders, authors and all variety of educators, and to serve audiences from a tri-state region and beyond – all who are interested in bettering the worlds they live in, at work and at home, locally and around the world. These lively and informative conversations feature experts in their field sharing experiences and providing participants practical tools for making meaningful advances in their lives.  From demonstrations in the art of all things digital to special forums featuring regional and global leaders in sustainability, from book discussion-demonstrations on the positive effect of meditation to awareness-raising events led by today’s champions in philanthropy, feminism and family matters, each Innovation and Leadership event is memorable and impactful.  The Music Hall is committed to community building and personal flourishing. Our Innovation and Leadership series delivers on that commitment.

    Presenting Sponsor: ALNÔBA

    Series Sponsor: Petersen Engineering

    Season Sponsors: Carey & Giampa Realtors; Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant

    Contributing Partner: University of New Hampshire


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    For author interviews, contact event producers at The Music Hall
     

    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.

    With acclaimed signature series including Writers on a New England Stage – a partnership between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio – and the Intimately Yours music series, we bring top authors and artists to both stages. Also, HD broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre of London as well as extraordinary cinema fill both screens almost every night of the year.

    This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy: The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $7.1 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending.

    Innovative in its outlook, the organization is community oriented and committed to making the Seacoast flourish. The Music Hall is a 501(c)3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 corporate partners and 58 community partner organizations. Welcoming more than 100,000 patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.

    Web: www.TheMusicHall.org | Twitter: @MusicHall | Facebook: /musichall | YouTube: /musichallnh

    “The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene”- Yankee Magazine

    “The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast” - Boston Globe

    For more information, contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    The Music Hall                                                                            
    mtalcott@themusichall.org
    603-433-3100x5013
    or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer
    plynch@themusichall.org

    PRAISE for THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR
    “Compelling… Perhaps at long last, sugar is getting its just desserts.” —The Economist

    “Taubes sifts through centuries’ worth of data… Practically everything one wants to know about sugar—its history, its geography, the addiction it causes—is here. In the end, each of us is confronted with a choice. Continue consuming sugar at our current level and suffer the ill effects. Or reduce, if not eliminate, it from our diet, thereby improving our odds of living a long, healthy life.” —The Seattle Times

    “I can’t think of another journalist who has had quite as profound an influence on the conversation about nutrition.” —Michael Pollan

    “[THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR] should be required reading if only to understand the scope, power, and impact that Big Sugar has had on America’s health—or, perhaps more accurately, sickness.” —Outside

    “Staggering… Taubes’s brilliant and accessible science writing has won him many fans.” —Booklist, starred review

    “[Taubes’s work is] compelling, as well as meticulously explained and researched. Readers will hate to love this book, since it will cause them to thoroughly rethink the place of sugar in their diets.” —Publishers Weekly

    “[Taubes] helps us understand how to make better decisions regarding sugar as individuals and as a nation.” —Library Journal

    “Taubes’s writing is both inflammatory and copiously researched. It is also well timed… Hard-charging (and I’ll add game-changing).” Dan Barber, The New York Times

    “[A] blitz of a book… Mr. Taubes’s argument is so persuasive that, after reading THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR, this functioning chocoholic cut out the Snacking Bark and stopped eating cakes and white bread… THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR should be a powerful weapon against future misinformation.” —Eugenia Bone, The Wall Street Journal

    “The obesity epidemic is an ever-growing threat to the overall health of our nation. In making the case against sugar, Gary Taubes details the often insidious efforts by the sugar industry to hide how harmful it is, just as the tobacco companies once did.  This is required reading for not only every parent, but every American.” —Katie Couric

    “No one in this country has worked harder on or better understood the role of sugar in our diet than Gary Taubes. As a journalist, an investigator, a scientist, and an advocate, he is without peer. (Plus, he knows how to write.) THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR is not only a terrific history but a forward-thinking document that can help us think more intelligently about how (and how not) to eat.” —Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything Fast

    “Once again, the brilliant Gary Taubes manages to make a complex scientific subject easy to understand. THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR is a riveting history of ideas, a clear analysis of evidence, and an utterly persuasive argument that sugar is the new tobacco. Taubes methodically explains why sugar—not sloth, not fat—accounts for our unprecedented levels of obesity, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Taubes answers every counter-argument as he exposes bad research, reveals conflicts of interest, and explodes myths.” —Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

    “Taubes builds his case through lawyerly layering of rich detail… Extraordinary and refreshing.” —The Atlantic

    “I am grateful beyond words for Gary Taubes’s courageous and meticulous documentation of the health dangers of sugar. No one has hit the political and economic forces behind this ‘acceptable’ addiction as clearly and unflinchingly. The information in this book will, quite literally, save your life if you apply it.” —Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

    “If you ever doubted that sugar is the root cause of our obesity, diabetes, and heart disease epidemic, then look no further than THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR. This deeply researched, well-reasoned exploration of the history and biology of sugar would convince any supreme court of nutrition that it is sugar, not fat, that should be indicted and limited.  Doctors, scientists, policymakers, and concerned eaters would do well to heed Gary Taubes’s advice.” —Mark Hyman, M.D., author of The Blood Sugar Solution

    THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR is just that. It’s a carefully reasoned, persuasive account of how doubts about sugar in the modern diet were systematically overlooked for over a century. Gary Taubes has become an important voice in the debate surrounding nutrition. He once again presents a compelling argument that will challenge our knowledge about the connection between food and health—it’s a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the impact of the ingredients we eat.” —Nathan Myhrvold, lead author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking

    PRAISE for WHY WE GET FAT
    “Taubes stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head.” —The New York Times

    “Well-researched and thoughtful. . . . Taubes has done us a great service by bringing these issues to the table.” —The Boston Globe

    “Compelling and convincing. . . . Taubes breaks it down for us from historical and, more importantly, scientific perspectives.” —Philadelphia Daily News

    “Taubes’s critique is so pointed and vociferous that reading him will change the way you look at calories, the food pyramid, and your daily diet.” —Men’s Journal

    “Taubes is a science journalist’s science journalist, who researches topics to the point of obsession—actually, well beyond that point—and never dumbs things down for readers.” —Scientific American

    “Important. . . . This excellent book, built on sound research and common sense, contains essential information.” —Tucson Citizen

    “This brave, paradigm-shifting man uses logic and the primary literature to unhinge the nutritional mantra of the last eighty years.”—Choice

    “Less dense and easier to read [than Good Calories, Bad Calories] but no less revelatory.”—The Oregonian

    “An exhaustive investigation.” —The Daily Beast

    “Backed by a persuasive amount of detail. . . . As an award-winning scientific journalist who spent the past decade rigorously tracking down and assimilating obesity research, he’s uniquely qualified to understand and present the big picture of scientific opinions and results. Despite legions of researchers and billions of government dollars expended, Taubes is the one to painstakingly compile this information, assimilate it, and make it available to the public. . . . Taubes does the important and extraordinary work of pulling it all together for us.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    “Clear and accessible . . . Taubes’s conviction alone makes Why We Get Fat well worth considering.”—Bookpage

    “[Taubes] is helping to reshape the conversation about what makes the American diet so fattening.” —Details

    “Taubes is a relentless researcher.”—The Washington Post Book World

    “[Taubes’s] major conclusions are somewhat startling yet surprisingly convincing. . . . His writing reflects his passion for scientific truth.”—Chicago Sun-Times
     
     
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    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    mtalcott@themusichall.org