Sponsored by the Native Plant Society of Oregon, Jon Anderson will share stories and techniques for seed collection, cleaning and storage of native seeds on Thursday, April 26th from 7 to 8:45 pm in the Carnegie Room of the McMinnville Public Library, 225 NW Adams St., McMinnville. "Come if you can. I shared some good secrets at the earlier talks and I will do so again." www.jonnynativeseed.com
A shared evening with a dear friend and fellow author, to include readings from our books and a conversation that will no doubt touch on loss, trees, and the writing process with Kristin Kaye, author of "Tree Dreams," and Apricot Irving, author of "The Gospel of Trees"--at our alma mater, the Portland State University MFA program.
“The Unexpected Caribbean” is a symposium sponsored by the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars in the fall of 2018, in conjunction with an exhibit at the Spencer Museum of Art on Kansas University campus exploring the connections between Haiti and Louisiana.
In her compelling new memoir, The Gospel of Trees (Simon & Schuster), Apricot Irving recounts her childhood as a missionary's daughter in Haiti during a time of upheaval – both in the country and in her home. Beautiful, poignant, and explosive, The Gospel of Trees is the story of a family crushed by ideals, and restored to kindness by honesty. Told against the backdrop of Haiti's long history of intervention, it grapples with the complicated legacy of those who wish to improve the world and bears witness to the defiant beauty of an undefeated country.
In this lush, emotional debut memoir, Irving tells of her life as a missionary’s daughter in Haiti. Irving was born in California, but in 1982, at age six, her parents moved her and her sisters to Haiti. Years of destructive colonization had left Haiti with severe deforestation, and her father began an ambitious mission to plant trees. Irving unflinchingly evaluates the consequences of well-meaning humanitarian work, which often included the perpetuation of oppressive colonial structures. She writes, “There is, in colonial literature, a recurring image: a foreign man, emboldened by his authority and by the lack of accountability, takes on a native mistress as a token of both his unquestioned power and his affection.” Amid the poverty in Haiti, Irving finds a “more complicated world where sorrow and beauty lived under the same leaky roof.” There, Irving wrestled with the prescriptions of her Christian beliefs, ultimately discovering a deeper faith in something else—that of beauty. “Beauty, it seemed, had been here all along: a wild summons, a name for God that did not stick in my throat.” This is a beautiful memoir that shows how a family altered by its own ambitious philanthropy might ultimately find hope in their faith and love for each other, and for Haiti.