Food for Thought

Food for Thought is a free monthly book discussion, September to May. Selected titles are centered around a theme, such as books by Black authors, and humankind and the natural world. 


Our next round of discussion titles will circle the author: books on writers Louis Bromfield (Heyman) and James Baldwin (Glaude); an imagined life of Robert Burns (McCallum); fictional writers, such as a cancer patient having hard conversations with her mother (Strout) and a fictionalized memoir of a dying brother and family history (Urrea) ; pandemic essays (Smith) and memoir of geography (Ferrence) and eco-memoir (Kimmerer) and eco-essays (Nezhukumatathil).

We will meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Michael Kusalaba Library.

Upcoming Titles:

September 9 (geographical memoir) Appalachia North by Matthew Ferrence
October 14 (poetry) No Ruined Stone by Shara McCallum
November 11 (novel) My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
December 9 (essays) Intimations by Zadie Smith
January 9 (eco-memoir) Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer
February 13 (biographical essay) Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie Glaude
March 10 (eco-memoir) World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
April 14 (fictionalized memoir) The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
May 12 (biography) The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution by Stephen Heyman

Many thanks to sreenwriter and film studies scholar Laura Beadling for shaping a new Food for Thought film series, also themed around writer-as-subject. We will meet in the parlor at St. John's Episcopal Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00. The last film in this series will be screened on May 17.