Reading Allowed

Kathleen Alcalá

The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island (UW PRESS)

Wednesday • October 19 • 7pm

U District store

Reading & Book Signing

The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island

In The Deepest Roots, Washington state-based writer Kathleen Alcalá reexamines the human relationship with food, how we've fed ourselves throughout history, and the connection between localized growing and community. During her studies and practices, Alcalá documents cross-cultural experiences and relationships as she explores how local food can assist in reconnecting on a community level and increase sustainability. Join us for a book discussion and signing with Alcalá, and learn how you too can localize your food for longevity.


Kathleen Alcalá Kathleen Alcalá is the author of a short story collection, three novels set in 19th Century Mexico and the Southwest, and a collection of essays based on family history. Her work has received the Western States Book Award, the Governors Writers Award, and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award. She received her second Artist Trust Fellowship in 2008, and was honored by the national Latino writers group, Con Tinta, at the Associated Writing Programs Conference in 2014. She has been designated an Island Treasure in the Arts. Kathleen's next book, "The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island," will be published by the University of Washington Press the fall of 2016.

Kathleen has a B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans. Her work is often referred to as magic realism, but Kathleen considers most of it historical fiction. She does, however, have a great affinity for the story-telling techniques of magic realism and science fiction, and has been both a student and instructor in the Clarion West Science Fiction Workshop.

Kathleen was a faculty member at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island until it closed in 2016.

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