2014 Reading Together Author, Tracie McMillan Comes to Kalamazoo

Feb 26, 2014 03:15:49 PM

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Kalamazoo Public Library is proud to bring 2014 Reading Together author, Tracie McMillan to Kalamazoo to discuss her best-selling novel: The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. Tracie will speak at Kalamazoo Central High School’s Auditorium on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 pm. This event is free. Seating is limited.

Michigan News Agency will sell copies of The American Way of Eating at the event. McMillan will sign books after the presentation.

Award-winning journalist and Michigan native Tracie McMillan will share her experiences in California farm fields, the produce aisle of a Detroit Walmart, and the kitchen of a New York City Applebee’s on her path to discovering the origins of the food on our plates. 

From McMillan’s website: McMillan mixes immersive reporting, undercover investigative techniques and “moving first-person narrative” (Wall Street Journal), McMillan’s book argues for thinking of fresh, healthy food as a public and social good—a stance that inspired The New York Times to call her “a voice the food world needs” and Rush Limbaugh to single her out as an “overeducated” “authorette” and “threat to liberty.” In 2012, Whole Living magazine named her a “Food Visionary,” building on her numerous appearances on radio and television programs, which range from the liberal “The Rachel Maddow Show” to the “tea-party favorite” Peter Schiff Show. She has written about food and class for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Saveur, and Slate.

In 2013, The American Way of Eating was awarded the prestigious Sidney Hillman Prize for Book Journalism in recognition of her work’s commitment to the public interest, and a Books for a Better Life Award, a publishing industry touchstone which recognizes excellence in books that carry uplifting messages. AWE was also named a finalist for a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Award; an International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Matters award; an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award; and a James Beard Journalism Award (considered “the Oscars of the food world”). The same year, McMillan won a James Beard Journalism Award as for a feature on farm labor she wrote for The American Prospect; she is a sought-after lecturer, speaking across the country about her work and the topics it covers, from farm labor to cooking, America’s growing class divide to eating on a budget.

In 2013, she was named a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan, a year after she was named a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. She currently serves on the awards committee for the James Beard Journalism Awards, and is the 2014 Koeppel Journalism Fellow at Wesleyan University, where she teaches a course on writing about inequality.

Tracie’s website is TracieMcMillan.com.

For more information about this and other 2014 Reading Together events, please visit readingtogether.us

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