Councilman Campen to Lead Books Sandwiched In Series on June 17

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Kristin Farley
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Knoxville, TN 37902

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Councilman Campen to Lead Books Sandwiched In Series on June 17

Posted: 06/04/2015
Forrest Pritchard grew up on a farm but didn’t know much about farming. Fresh out of college with an English degree, he decided he could save the family farm from financial ruin.

Join Mark Campen, City Council member and Executive Director of the Tennessee Chapter of the Isaak Walton League of America, for a discussion of Pritchard’s engaging memoir Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, And Saving The Family Farm, at noon on Wednesday, June 17  in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street, for this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series of Knox County Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.
"This book is about family, community and a will to successfully carry on the farming lifestyle, albeit in a different way,” Campen said. “Knowing where our food comes from and our potential role in the food system is ‘gaining ground’ here in Knoxville."
Campen is currently serving as City Councilman for the 5th District. He completed a B.S. in wildlife and fisheries science at the University of Tennessee. He is an avid birdwatcher, camper, fisherman, and gardener.
Books Sandwiched In continues on July 15 when Michelle Commander, UT Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies, will lead a discussion of Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Trade by Saidiya Hartman.

On August 19, Knoxville Police Department Deputy Chief Nate Allen will lead a discussion of 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Plantinga.

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