This year’s selection for Tacoma Reads Together is Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” – the novelist’s first nonfiction narrative. In it, she tells the story of how she and her family spent a year as “locavores,” eating food grown either by themselves or by farmers near their Virginia home. The book explores ideas related to sustainability, and it reveals how the change in eating habits changed Kingsolver’s family, making them more aware of what they consume.
The Grand Cinema is getting in on the action this weekend with the showing of the feature length 2007 documentary “King Corn” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
A synopsis from imdb.com reads:
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm.
All Tacoma Public Library card-holders receive a $1.50 discount off admission.