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AUTHOR EVENT: Kathleen Alcala, The Deepest Roots, Finding Food & Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 pm, San Juan Island Grange Hall


Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island


Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 pm

San Juan Island Grange Hall

152 First Street


Make sure you come out to the Grange on Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 pm to hear author, Kathleen Alcala, talk about her wonderful exploration of food, agriculture, and history on Bainbridge Island.

As friends began “going back to the land” at the same time that a health issue emerged, Kathleen Alcalá set out to re-examine her relationship with food at the most local level. Remembering her parents, Mexican immigrants who grew up during the Depression, and the memory of planting, growing, and harvesting fresh food with them as a child, she decided to explore the history of the Pacific Northwest island she calls home.

In The Deepest Roots, Alcalá walks, wades, picks, pokes, digs, cooks, and cans, getting to know her neighbors on a much deeper level. Wanting to better un- derstand how we once fed ourselves, and acknowledging that there may be a future in which we could need to do so again, she meets those who experienced the Japanese American internment during World War II, and learns the unique histories of the blended Filipino and Native American community, the fishing practices of the descendants of Croatian immigrants, and the Suquamish elder who shares with her the food legacy of the island itself.

Combining memoir, historical records, and a blueprint for sustainability, The Deepest Roots shows us how an island population can mature into responsible food stewards, and reminds us that innovation, adaptation, diversity, and common sense will help us make wise decisions about our future. And along the way, we learn how food is intertwined with our present but offers a path to a better understanding of the future.

About the Author

Kathleen Alcala is the author of a collection of essays, The Desert Remembers My Name: On Family and Writing; three novels, including Treasures in Heaven; and a book of short stories. She lives on Bainbridge Island.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
152 First Street
The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island Cover Image
ISBN: 9780295999708
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Washington Press - January 17th, 2019