KATHLEEN ALCALÁ with HEATHER BURGER & BOB & NANCY FORTNER
Co-presented with FRIENDS OF THE FARMS. From Bainbridge Island comes Kathleen Alcalá, a writer who, in fiction and essay form, has long been one of the vital voices at work in this region. Author of three novels, a collection of stories, an essay collection (The Desert Remembers My Name), she has also been an integral part of the literary community support system here. She makes this welcome Elliott Bay return with her newest book, The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island (University of Washington Press). "The Deepest Roots is a timely and charming book on how place-based foods infuse community by one of the finest writers ever to emerge from the Pacific Northwest." -Gary Paul Nabhan "A wildly ambitious book. By focusing on the food in one place, Alcalá is able to pull together cultural and cross-cultural experiences, environmental debates, and, perhaps most crucial for me, issues of economic justice that underpin all food production." -Ana Maria Spagna. Joining Kathleen Alcalá this evening will be Heather Burger, director of Friends of the Farms, a nonprofit that helps the farmers tell their story as well as market their products, and Bob and Nancy Fortner of Sweetlife Farm, who are eager to share their back to the land story, including the books by the Helen and Scott Nearing; the most well-known is Living the Good Life.