Island Press Events


Grain by Grain Book Talk at Village Books

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 7:00pm PDT

Village Books
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
United States

When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Years later, it would become the centerpiece of his multi-million dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International. How Bob went from being a true believer in better farming through chemistry to a leading proponent of organics is the unlikely story of Grain by Grain. Along the way, readers will learn how ancient wheat can lower inflammation, how regenerative agriculture can bring back rural jobs, and how combining time-tested farming practices with modern science can point the way for the future of food.

Bob Quinn is an organic farmer near Big Sandy, Montana, and a leading green businessman. He served on the first National Organic Standards Board, and has been recognized with the Montana Organic Association Lifetime of Service Award, The Organic Trade Association Organic Leadership Award, and Rodale Institute's Organic Pioneer Award. His enterprises include the ancient grain business Kamut International and Montana's first wind farm. 

Liz Carlisle is a Lecturer in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. Her first book, Lentil Underground, won the Montana Book Award and the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. 

Celebrity Ask Strong Towns: Divided City author Alan Mallach

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 1:00pm EDT

Ask two random Americans whether they think post-industrial cities are “coming back,” and you’re likely to get two very different answers—even if both of those people live in the Rust Belt themselves. That’s because much of the development in the Detroits, Baltimores, and Clevelands of the world have been highly concentrated in just a handful of lucky neighborhoods. And the rest of the city, in many cases, have fallen into sharper patterns of decline than ever.

How did this happen, and what does it mean for those who want to see whole regions (and their residents) become financially strong, rather than just a few select corners of our legacy cities? That’s the question at the heart of scholar and urban practitioner Alan Mallach’s The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America. In his provocative and ground-breaking book, Mallach explores the economic, political, and social realities that have propelled so much of our nation’s largest cities into unhealthy and inequitable development patterns that resist simple narratives of both unilateral gentrification and unilateral decline. And then he explores what he thinks it will take to really create resilience for all their citizens.

On March 21st at 12pm CST, Strong Towns members are invited to a very special Ask Me Anything event with Alan Mallach. Participants in this edition of Celebrity Ask Strong Towns are invited to log on live for a conversation between the author and Strong Towns staffer Kea Wilson, followed by a moderated digital Q&A period with the author. Members, please check your email for your exclusive invite, or email

Not a member? Join the movement now to join this webcast and ask your questions live. A recording of this live conversation will be released in the weeks following for non-members.

Grain by Grain Book Talk at UBC Future of Food Dialogues

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 4:00pm PDT

Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
3461 Ross Drive
Vancouver, BC V0V 0V0

Join organic farmer Bob Quinn and Stanford Lecturer Liz Carlisle for highlights from their new book, Grain by Grain. Drawing on Bob’s 30-year journey in regenerative organic agriculture and renewable energy, they will discuss how transformation of regional food systems can drive big changes over time: creating good green jobs that rebuild rural communities, while providing healthier food and better environmental stewardship. Along the way, they’ll shed some light on the recent epidemic of gluten sensitivity, and offer some suggestions for how to restore a healthy relationship with wheat.

Cheryl Heller at the 92nd Street Y

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:00pm EDT

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
United States

Harnessing the Creative Potential of Design for Social Good
Cheryl Heller with Rosanne Haggerty

Designer and business strategist Cheryl Heller, author of The Intergalactic Design Guide, talks with designer Rosanne Haggerty about how social design can help address our most pressing challenges, from poverty to climate change.

Design has built global brands, disrupted industries, and transformed our lives with technology. It has also contributed to the complex challenges we face today. Social design is a new kind of leadership. Cheryl and Rosanne discuss some innovative approaches for increasing creativity, strengthening relationships, and developing our capacity to collaborate—with the potential to transform everything from corporations to cities and to design ourselves for change.

Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle at Cassiopeia Books

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 3:00pm MDT

Cassiopeia Books
721 Central Ave.
Great Falls, MT 59401
United States

In Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food you’ll hear the story of this straight-shooting “green economy cowboy” in his own words—following Bob from the farm fields of Montana to Italian university research labs where he discovered the health benefits of ancient wheat. With his co-author Liz Carlisle, author of the award-winning Lentil Underground, Bob shares the practical wisdom he has learned from a lifetime of farming, from the day he stopped trying to grow food “on the cheap,” to his work creating renewable energy in Montana on his farm.

Please join authors Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle for a discussion about the book and to recieve a signed copy. 


Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle Book Talk at Butte National Center for Appropriate Technology

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 6:30pm MST

National Center for Appropriate Technology - NCAT
3040 Continental Drive
Butte, MT 59701
United States

Join us for this book signing and discussion by Montana natives, Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle in celebration of their newly released book Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food. Refreshments will be provided.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 4:30pm MST

Procrastinator Theater Strand Union Building
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59715
United States

Join us for a book launch party in celebration of Montana State University alumni, Bob Quinn, and Liz Carlisle’s new book Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food. Bob and Liz will speak and sign books, and we’ll have ancient grain goodies on hand for tasting.

Webinar: How To Advocate for Local Transit in Your Community

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:30pm EDT

Advocating for better transportation in your city can feel like a losing battle. How do you get to a planning meeting? Who do you direct your concerns to? What changes can you even affect? Christof Spieler, author of Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas, has been in your shoes. Christof, PE, LEED AP, is now the Vice President and Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars and a Senior Lecturer at Rice University. Earlier in his life, he was doing citizen advocacy to change his local metro system in Houston. 

Christof has brought together a panel of local transit advocacy leaders that are doing effective, on the ground work in their neighborhoods. They are using data and best practices to measure their outputs and they're looking to share the secrets of their successes with you. 

Panelists include: 
- Fred Neal Jr., Commissioner of the Regional Transit Authority of New Orleans and Sr. Planner at Villavaso & Associates, LLC
- Laura Wiens, Director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit
- Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, is now the Vice President & Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars + Senior Lecturer at Rice University

Conversation moderated by David Bragdon, Executive Director of TransitCenter. 

This webinar is free and educational in focus. 


Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 5:30pm MST

Helena Community Gardens
302 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena, Montana 59601
Helena, MT 59601
United States

Lentil Underground author Liz Carlisle and organic farmer Bob Quinn for a launch of their new book, Grain by Grain. When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Years later, after finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry and returning to his family’s farm in Montana, Bob started experimenting with organic wheat. He learned that the grain he first tasted at the fair was actually a type of ancient wheat, kamut, and he went on to found a multimillion dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International.

Hear Bob Quinn’s compelling story, and how his regenerative agriculture practices can serve as a model for growing a healthy future, grain by grain.

Free! Join us for a potluck dinner and community get-together!


Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:30pm EDT

The Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States

In recent decades, downtowns across the United States have been transformed by new growth and economic activity. In his new book, Heart of the City, distinguished urban planner Alex Garvin digs into the recent resurgence of cities including Boston, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Seattle. He offers thoughtful recommendations for civic leaders and elected officials to build thriving downtowns by enhancing the public realm, promoting a dynamic mix of uses including new and rehabilitated residences, and improving mobility. Cocktails and canapés will be served, and books will be available to be signed.