California farmer and author David Mas Masumoto, best known for his 1995 meditation on agriculture, "Epitaph for a Peach," will be in Tacoma Monday to read from his newest work, "Wisdom of the Last Farmer."
He’ll be at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., at 7 p.m. Monday. The event is cosponsored by the Tahoma Food Policy Coalition.
Third-generation farmer Masumoto describes his new book as a memoir that focuses on his relationship with his father, Joe Takashi Masumoto.
After the elder Masumoto suffered a stroke, says the author, "I had to teach him how to farm again. The only way for him to get his health back was to go back to farming."
It was during the years following his father’s first stroke that "I began to realize the wisdom he had passed down to me… the everyday lessons he would teach me."
The book deals with the role reversal involved when a son must become teacher to his father.