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Monday, September 19, 2011
In Asheville, starting in the first week of October, the book will be available at the Cake Shop, at Malaprops Bookstore, and at Barnes and Noble, as well as online.
If you live outside of Asheville, I believe that most Barnes and Nobles will be carrying the book, but please do encourage your local independent bookseller to carry the book. Also, when my dear sweet friend Michael Frey is finished revamping my website, I will be selling signed copies of the book online as well.
I am still working to finalize plans for travelling with the book this fall, but my (almost) confirmed book party schedule so far is this:
Sunday, October 16th: Book Launch Party at Forsythia Hall in Asheville!
Tuesday, October 18th: Pig Pickin' and Cake Walk, Cedar Grove, NC
Wednesday, November 2: Book Signing: Square Books, Oxford, MS.
Thursday, November 3: Book Signing: Turning Pages, Natchez, MS
Saturday, November 5: Book Signing and Reception: Southern Food Museum, New Orleans, LA
Wednesday, November 9: Book Signing: Montreat Books and Gifts, Black Mountain, NC
Tuesday, November 15th: Homecoming. Or: Marietta, GA book release party with my hometown Cake Lady, Johnnie Gabriel, at Gabriels Desserts in downtown Marietta.
Friday, November 18th: Athens, GA: stay tuned for details.
Friday, December 2nd: Magpies Cakes, Knoxville, TN.
Sunday, December 4th: The Big Crafty, Asheville, NC.
Thursday, December 8th: Cakehead Bakery and Hub City Books, Spartanburg, SC.
Sunday, December 11: Charleston, SC.
You can see updates on the facebook page here. More to come! I love you and I thank you.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
First, let me say, Happy Birthday to Jasper! Peter Parpan! Cake Ladies book is out in just a few short weeks, we'll have those on the shelves, too. And here's a little photo essay I did today of the most recent rearrangement of furniture in the Shop, along with bonus shots of Anna and Lucy ruling:Push Gallery to see the group art show that my friend Ursula Gullow put together. And I think it is amazing. Tara Jensen, Anna Jensen, Lauren Whitley, Courtney Chappell, Lisa Nance, and others explore the layers of process behind making art. Here is a shot of Ursula's work, a collection of small, contiguous canvases with drawings on the wall connecting the narrative:
Friday, September 2, 2011
For the last few months, I've been really excited to be working with some folks in the community towards forming a food policy council for our city and county. This is the continuation of work that I've been doing in the community gardening realm for over 12 years now, and it feels like a culmination of many years of work among many people and groups. I feel really grateful about the critical mass of individuals in our community who realize that a true foodtopia (as the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau calls us) is one in which ALL people have access to affordable, nutritious, culturally appropriate food, not just those that can afford dinner at a farm-to-table restaurant. A true foodtopia is also one in which the food supply is local and sustainable, which makes us more self-reliant as a community. (this is referred to by the term Food Sovereignty).
The process we went through this summer led to the creation of a White Paper that makes a recommendation for a Food Policy Council. I and City Councilman Gordon Smith will be presenting this paper at two different venues in September: on the 16th as a part of the Eat Smart, Move More conference on the campus of UNCA, and at the Burton Street Agricultural Fair taking place on September 24th. We hope you will join in the conversation, and lend your voice to help form a cohesive way forward in regards to poverty, public health, local commerce, and sustainability through food security.
Check out the Press Release here, and read the entire White Paper here.
I think it will work, if we work together.