This post originally appeared on Baylen Linnekin's blog and is reposted here with permission.
I am thrilled—thrilled!—to reveal that I'll be giving a book talk on Saturday, October 8 at Politics & Prose, Washington, DC's venerated bookseller. I'll be speaking about my book, Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable, at the bookstore starting at 1 p.m. I'll also be signing copies of the book, which goes on sale on September 15, after my talk. If you're like me and you can't wait for my book to be released, you can pre-order a copy right now at the Politics & Prose website.
Why am I so thrilled to be speaking at Politics & Prose? It's safe to say this wonderful bookstore has been home to more of my book browsing and book purchases than any other.
I've sat on the other side of the speaker's podium at Politics & Prose literally hundreds of times, dating back to my undergraduate days and, particularly, to the mid-1990s, when my partner Roxanne and I lived just a block north of the Connecticut Avenue bookstore. During that time, Chelsea Clinton used to frequent the downstairs cafe (which has tripled in size since those days). We saw Isabella Rossellini read from her 1997 autobiography (at a P&P event at a church across the street). We saw David Brinkley speak. I recall cooking veal parmigiana for a Big Night-themed potluck event at the bookstore, shortly after the film's release.
What's more, I still own (and wear!) a Politics & Prose t-shirt from the late 1990s. "So many books," the shirt's tagline reads. "So little time." Maybe I'll wear that shirt (dressed up with sport coat) during my book talk. Who knows? You'll have to show up on Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m. to find out!