The What’s Falmouth Reading? Committee will celebrate all things food with the selection of Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” and Steve Almond’s “Candyfreak” as the town-wide reads for 2013. The reads will kick off its programs on Saturday, January 26 with guest speaker Greg Watson of the Massachusetts Commissioner of Agricultural Resources. Starting at 2 PM, the talk and the programs listed below will be hosted at the Falmouth Public Library’s main branch, in the Hermann Room.
A resident of Falmouth, Mr. Watson has a long connection to and appreciation of agriculture; his first hands-on experience with agriculture started in 1978 as he worked with urban community groups and rural farmers to develop a network of six neighborhood-based farmers’ markets in Greater Boston. He was also a founding member of the Massachusetts Federation of Farmers’ Markets.
An ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” discussion group begins on January 30, at 7 PM and meets for three consecutive Wednesdays; each session includes a facilitator to keep the discussion moving. In addition, the Fact & Fiction Book Club will discuss the text on Tuesday, February 12 at 10 AM at the East Falmouth branch of the library. Discussion questions are available at the Falmouth Public Library Reference Desk for neighborhood book clubs.
February programs continue with chocolate and candy. On Saturday, February 2, Cynthia Cowan presents “The Sweet Truth: Chocolate is Good for You” at 2 PM. As an educator, Ms. Cowan will discuss various types of chocolates and their historical and cultural importance and present samples of each to participants. Attendance is limited; please contact the library at (508) 548-5852 to sign up.
“Candyfreak” author Steve Almond comes to Falmouth on Saturday, February 9 at 2 PM to talk about his book, his unnatural love of candy, and the challenges facing small regional candy makers. Mr. Almond is the author of 10 books of fiction and non-fiction, and is a prolific essayist whose work appears regularly in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post and others. Learn more about his work at www.stevealmondjoy.com.
A Saturday afternoon food film festival kicks off on February 16 at 2 PM and runs for six weeks. It features some of the best movies that highlight food, from children’s to documentary to feature film.
The committee currently is planning a wide range of programs through May to promote readings of the books. Future events include farm and chicken coop tours, a culinary series at Highfield Hall, sessions on garden planning, a “Poems and Pints” at Liam Maguire’s and a children’s Super Story Supper on March 27. Check the Falmouth Public Library Web site or the What’s Falmouth Reading? page on Facebook for updates on programs. The group also can be found on Twitter at @falmouthreading.
Copies of “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” and “Candyfreak” are available for check-out at the Falmouth Public Library, the North Falmouth branch, the East Falmouth branch, West Falmouth Library and Woods Hole Library. The children’s companion book for 2013 is “Growing Vegetable Soup” by Lois Ehlert. For readers up to grade 6, the companion book is “Weslandia” by Paul Fleischman.
For more information, contact the reference desk of the Falmouth Public Library or call 508-548-5852.