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Resilience Reading Project: 'Cooked' Discussion


The death of local activist and environmentalist Bob Russell left a huge void in northern Michigan. Before his passing, he shared with his friends and colleagues a carefully curated list of books he felt can help us understand what we can do to make sure our community is economically, environmentally, and socially as healthy and resilient as possible. The idea behind the new reading project is a simple one: In each season of the year, a broad community will come together to read one of the books recommended by Bob, discuss its themes and lessons, celebrate the region’s strengths, and acknowledge the work that remains.

What: The inaugural book discussion for the Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project

When: Feb. 24, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Horizon Books, Traverse City

The Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project kicks off this winter with “Cooked,” by Michael Pollan, who argues that our own health and the health of our food system depend on one rule: Cook your own food. The book taps into northern Michigan’s incredible agricultural heritage, our love of great dishes, and our booming local food economy.

You can pick up a copy of “Cooked”—and all the other books on Bob’s list—at Horizon Books and local libraries. Then join us in February for the inaugural book club meeting at Horizon

For more information, visit www.resilience-reads.org

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