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One Book One Communit of Monroe County

March 23 – April 18, 2015

 The One Book, One Community of Monroe County committee is pleased to announce the book choice for the 2015 program:  The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by award-winning journalist, Tracie McMillan.  Ms. McMillan’s undercover investigation reveals surprising truths about how American food is grown, sold, and prepared. Her inspirational story begins with her desire to answer two fundamental questions: “Why is it so difficult to eat well?” and “What would it take for us to eat well?” A timely work, Ms. McMillan’s investigation will provoke thoughtful discussions about food and eating options in the Monroe community.

Community members can meet Ms. McMillan on April 15, 2015 at a community talk and book signing at the Monroe County Community College La-Z-Boy Center.

The One Book, One Community of Monroe County companion read selected for middle school readers is The Thing About Luck, the 2013 young adult literature National Book Award winner, by Cynthia Kadohata. The teen reader selections are Stuffed by Eric Walters and Little Brother by Corey Doctorow. The picture book selection is Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Pat Brisson.

There will be a series of community events planned around the themes in The American Way of Eating.  The full slate of One Book, One Community of Monroe County events runs from March 23 through April 18, 2015.  All events are free to the community.  Watch the Monroe Evening News newspaper and this website for more details about the books selected and to follow the various events as they develop.  

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Kate Daughdrill, an artist, teacher, speaker and urban farmer, enthusiastically spoke about gardening in the heart of Detroit at the March 26, 2014 One Book, One Community of Monroe County Kick-offHer neighbors turned their block into an urban farm, and she eats what she grows and creates art with a green-thumb influence.  Daughdrill discussed how she survives as a well-fed but underpaid artist, digging into the roots of her fears, and what it really means to live well.

Kate will be participating in the 2015 ArtX Detroit in April 2015.  Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience (AXD) is a 10-day festival of dance, literary, musical & theatrical performances, film screenings, visual arts installations, workshops, panel discussions & interactive experiences. AXD presents works created by the 2013-2014 Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows. AXD will be hosted at multiple venues throughout Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center over a three-week period in April & is FREE to the public. Kate’s exhibition, discussions and conversations will be at MOCAD Detroit.

Here is where to find additional information about Kate Daughdrill and some of the projects she referenced during her OBOC Kickoff presentation “How I Became an Urban Farmer and Artist”:

Kate Daughdrill website    
Burnside Farm website
Detroit SOUP website
Edible Hut website
Article in the August 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan 
Article in May 2012 issue of Dwell
Watch video about Kate Daughdrill, 2013 Kresge Artist Fellow in the Visual Arts (2013)

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