Reading Together in the News

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April 1, 2014

WSW: City Life on the Farm

Author Novella Carpenter says she grew up in the environment of "grow your own food." Carpenter traces her interest to her parents who she describes as "back to the Earth hippies." Carpenter is the author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. The book, which details her experience farming in inner city Oakland is one of this year's selections for the Kalamazoo Public Library's Reading Together program. Carpenter will speak at two events in Kalamazoo, April 15th at the Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium and April 16th at Kalamazoo College. WMUK correspondent Brian Peterson, who is also a professor in Western Michigan University's Department of Environmental Studies spoke with Carpenter via Skype. more...

 

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March 24, 2014

Kalamazoo quietly emerging as a literary hot spot

Kalamazoo is a midsize city, but in literary terms, it’s gigantic. The southwest Michigan hub, home to Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College, has quietly become a thriving literary town that cultivates extraordinary readers and writers whose accomplishments are attracting national attention. The city will host the inaugural Kalamazoo Poetry Festival on April 4-5, featuring acclaimed writers, workshops, readings and discussions. But literary enthusiasm has long been teeming in this community of 74,000 that lies halfway between Chicago and Detroit. more...

 

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March 5, 2014

Food live chat: 'The American Way of Eating' author Tracie McMillan to answer your questions

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Award-winning author and journalist Tracie McMillan will participate in a live chat starting at 10 a.m. Thursday on MLive.com as part of the 2014 Reading Together Series. McMillan, a Michigan native, is the author of the groundbreaking, New York Times bestseller, "The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table." The book is part of the Kalamazoo Public Library's Reading Together Series, where the community reads the same book, or books, and discusses the topics raised. more...

 

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March 4, 2014

WSW: The American Way of Eating

Tracy McMillan wanted to find out what happens to food before it reaches the table and how income and lifestyle impact what we eat. McMillan's book The American Way of Eating is one of this year's selections for the Kalamazoo Public Library's Reading Together Program. McMillan will speak at the Kalamazoo Central High School Wednesday night at 7:00. McMillan told WMUK correspondent Brian Petersen that she felt that too much of the discussion around food has been about people with extra time and money. McMillan decided to go undercover working three different jobs in the food industry and write about her experience. That took from the farm fields of California to a Walmart in the Kalamazoo area to an Applebee's Restaurant in New York.

Read the article... | Listen to an extended interview with Tracie McMillan... (mp3)

 

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February 27, 2014

Karen Santamaria talks with WVFM host Ken Lanphear

KALAMAZOO (WVFM) -- Reading Together, the community wide book club organized by the Kalamazoo Public Library, this year is focusing on two books at a time. Program coordinator Karen Santamaria says that, right now, the book club is urging people across Kalamazoo to read a couple of books that examine the way America eats.

Read the article... | Listen to the interview... (mp3)

 

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February 17, 2014

Reading Together book club focusing on two books at a time

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Reading Together, the community wide book club organized by the Kalamazoo Public Library, this year is focusing on two books at a time. Program coordinator Karen Santamaria says that, right now, the book club is urging people across Kalamazoo to read a couple of books that examine the way America eats.

Read the article... | Listen to the interview... (mp3)

 

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August 22, 2013

Reading Together about the food we eat

Two books on food and farming will be the focus of the annual “Reading Together” program in Kalamazoo next year. The Kalamazoo Public Library has picked The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan and Novella Carpenter’s book Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. Both authors will be in Kalamazoo to join the discussion about their books. “Reading Together” coordinator Karen Santamaria says two books were selected for the 2014 program because food-related issues are complex. more...

 

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August 20, 2013

Kalamazoo Public Library names 'The American Way of Eating' and 'Farm City' its 2014 Reading Together titles

KALAMAZOO, MI – Food, and how it is produced, will be on the menu for the Kalamazoo Public Library's 2014 Reading Together program. For the first time, the library has selected two books by two different authors: "The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table," by Tracie McMillan and "Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer," by Novella Carpenter. "Due to the ever-increasing interest in all things food-related, we are seeing a growing demand to know exactly what is on our plates and how it got there," the library said in a press release. more...