Using prose as protest, 96 writers from around New England staged a around the clock series of readings over Veterans' Day to demonstrate against the nuclear arms face.
The second annual "24 Hours for Survival," held at the First Congregational Church on Garden St. and sponsored by the 400 strong New England Writers for Survival (NEWS), was scheduled to attract such luminaries as John Kenneth Galbraith. Warburg Professor of Economics Emeritus, and Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Justin Kaplan.
Beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, the readers each recited 15-minute passages, drawing on authors as diverse as Homer and Studs Terkel. Beatrice Hawley, who conceived of the program last year, said the group chose to hold the readings on Veterans' Day because "this used to be a time for thinking and reflecting about the costs of war.