One Book One County
One Book One County is a community read program for Wells County held in September and October every year. The program is designed to create a countywide discussion by encouraging all residents to read the same book. There are also a number of special events at the library related to themes found in the featured book and potentially an author visit.
2014 One Book One County
The 2014 title is "Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy" by Kelsey Timmerman. Kelsey will be at the Main Library in Bluffton on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 7:00-8:00 PM.
About the Book*
The local food movement is growing, but not as fast as the global food movement. The United States now imports twice as much food as it did a decade ago. What does this reliance on imported food mean for us, and for the people around the globe who produce our food?
Kelsey Timmerman, author of the acclaimed "Where Am I Wearing?," decided to find out. He traveled around the world on a quest to meet and work alongside the farmers and fishermen who feed us.
He followed his Starbucks coffee to Colombia where he met farmers Starbucks didn't want him to meet, loaded lobster boats in Nicaragua for divers who have the world's deadliest job, discovered that slavery is alive and well in the cocoa industry of the Ivory Coast, shouldered loads of bananas with Costa Rican workers who longed for the good ol' days of banana farming, met apple farmers in Michigan fighting against a changing climate and the global economy, and apple farmers in China who were thrilled to have cornered the apple juice market.
In "Where Am I Eating?," Timmerman explores the global food economy and the issues surrounding it—including workers' and human rights, rural poverty, the loss of cultural and bio-diversity, climate change, and fair trade—through the lives of the workers he met along the way. Timmerman argues neither for nor against the globalization of food, but personalizes the issue by observing the hope and opportunity, and the lack of both, which the global food economy gives to the world's poorest producers. Before you scoop your next batch of coffee into your French press, indulge in a mid-afternoon chocolate bar, or slice a banana, discover how each of your small choices has shaped the lives of a worker thousands of miles away.
* From the book jacket
How to Participate
It's very easy! Just stop by the Main Library, Ossian Branch, or our Northeast Indiana Digital Library site to check out a copy of the book today.
Past community reads include "Rocket Boys" by Homer Hickam, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein, "Room" by Emma Donoghue, "The Reading Promise" by Alice Ozma, and "The Bone Garden" by Tess Gerritsen.
This program is presented by the Wells County Public Library with financial support from the Friends of the Library.