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Park Slope author Elizabeth Royte will encourage you to get in touch with the coffee grounds and other cast-offs in the bottom of your trash can when she reads from her new book "Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash" at BookCourt on Aug. 13 at 6 pm.

Royte’s nonfiction tale of pawing through her own refuse, and then following its journey from her city Sanitation Department to a landfill in Pennsylvania - and beyond - was published on July 13 by Little, Brown and Company.

This is the second book by Royte, who previously penned "The Tapir’s Morning Bath: Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest and the Scientists Who Are Trying to Solve Them" (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001).

Plan to feel differently about what you discard - and to feel just plain guilty - after she shares her first-hand observations about the staying power of garbage.

BookCourt is located at 163 Court St. at Dean Street in Cobble Hill. For more information, call (718) 875-3677.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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