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So pleased to note that it is Juneteenth, an ambiguous celebration because of its delay, but a celebration nevertheless. This is the day the enslaved in Texas learned of their emancipation, which had occurred much earlier. Here in Seattle, a social experiment is taking place, much like those of the sixties. I'm proud to say my son and his friend are taking part.


Check the offerings by literary center Hugo House for relevant activities.


Black Lives Matter.



"One of the finest books of 2016 that I read was Deepest Roots! It made me appreciate the great Northwest all over again, and the lessons to be learned here."

     - Jane Danielson, co-owner, The Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, Washington


"The Deepest Roots is a timely and charming book on how place-based foods infuse community by one of the finest writers ever to emerge from the Pacific Northwest."

     -Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food


"A wildly ambitious book. By focusing on the food in one place, Alcalá is able to pull together cultural and cross-cultural experiences, environmental debates, and, perhaps most crucial for me, issues of economic justice that underpin all food production."

     -Ana Maria Spagna, author of Reclaimers and Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness


"The perspective presented in The Deepest Roots believes the land can tell us what it needs and entire generations of people lived on the land harmoniously and without destroying it by listening to it. Can we become those types of people? Taking all of these stories together begins to paint a picture of what needs to happen for us to inhabit that future."

     -Lisa Gresham is the Collection Support Manager for Whatcom County Library System, where she selects adult nonfiction titles for the collection.