An Evening with Camille Dungy!

Old Firehouse Books is thrilled to partner with Poudre River Libraries to celebrate National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Camille Dungy! We'll be celebrating the launch of her newest book, Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden, on Thursday, May 4th at 6pmMT. She'll be joined in conversation with Colorado Book Award winner Laura Pritchett! This event will be taking place at the Old Town LibraryReaders will have the chance to say hi to this amazing author and have their books signed. Books can be purchased in advance of the event, or on the day of.

MORE INFORMATION ON Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden: 

In Soil: The Story of a Black Mothers Garden, poet and scholar Camille T. Dungy recounts the seven-year odyssey to diversify her garden in the predominately white community of Fort Collins, Colorado. When she moved there in 2013, with her husband and daughter, the community held strict restrictions about what residents could and could not plant in their gardens.

In resistance to the homogenous policies that limited the possibility and wonder that grows from the earth, Dungy employs the various plants, herbs, vegetables, and flowers she grows in her garden as metaphor and treatise for how homogeneity threatens the future of our planet, and why cultivating diverse and intersectional language in our national discourse about the environment is the best means of protecting it.

Definitive and singular, Soil functions at the nexus of nature writing, environmental justice, and prose to encourage you to recognize the relationship between the peoples of the African diaspora and the land on which they live, and to understand that wherever soil rests beneath their feet is home.


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Event date: 
Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
201 Peterson St
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden By Camille T. Dungy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982195304
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 2nd, 2023