WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Public Library’s Winter Reading Program “Big Idea Talks: A Taste of Culture,” continues at 7 p.m. March 7 with a presentation by Aaron Bobrow-Strain on the book “All Over Creation,” written by Ruth Ozeki.
“All Over Creation” is a tale that centers on the topic of genetically engineered vegetation and whether it will destroy the environment or save the world from mass starvation. It is also a tale of a family of Idaho potato farmers who also own a seed company. Further, it is a tale of a group of protesters who are spreading the warnings about genetically engineered potatoes. Within the heart of it all are the relationships between the ailing potato farmer and the other characters and especially with his once-estranged daughter.
Ozeki is a filmmaker, award-winning novelist and Zen Buddhist priest. Her novel “My Year of Meats” won the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Award, the Imus/Barnes and Noble American Book Award and a Special Jury Prize of the World Cookbook Awards in Versailles. “All Over Creation,” her second novel, was the recipient of a 2004 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, as well as the Willa Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction. She has also directed several documentary-style films and serves on the advisory editorial board of the Asian American Literary Review.
Bobrow-Strain is associate professor of politics at Whitman College, and the author of “Intimate Enemies: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas” and “White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf.”
The library is at 238 E. Alder St. Copies of the book are available for check out.
For more information, call 509-527-4550.