Geography of Hope

Friday Mar 20 2009   12:00:00
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March 20-22
Author and peach farmer David Mas Masumoto will chair the 2009 Geography of Hope: A Conference Celebrating Writing on Farming & Rural Life, in Point Reyes Station from March 20 to 22, 2009.

The first Geography of Hope conference, held in 2008, was one of the most exceptional literary events ever to take place in northern California. It was dedicated to Wallace Stegner, whose writings often reflected on the relationship between people and the land. Building on that theme, this year’s event will take as its focus writing on farming and the rural life featuring authors who are farmers, ranchers, and growers, people who–to paraphrase Barbara Kingsolver–have devoted their lives to the health of their habitat and food chain.

Held in the heart of Marin County where the predominant land use is agriculture, the “Geography of Hope: Writing on Farming and the Rural Life” will explore the duality of inspiration and cultivation as expressed by some of the finest writers in the nation.

Joining Masumoto will be leaders in publishing, arts, culture, conservation, and literature, including Malcolm Margolin, Wendy Johnson, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Wes Jackson, Patricia Klindienst, Stanley Crawford, Rose Castillo Guilbault (Farmworker’s Daughter), Mildred Kalish, Mike Madison (Blithe Tomato), Greg Sarris, Warren Weber and more.

Registration required; for more information visit Point Reyes Books.

David Mas MasumotoDavid Mas Masumoto grows organic peaches and grapes on his family farm in Del Rey, California. He is the author of Harvest Son, Epitaph for a Peach, Four Seasons in Five SensesLetters to the Valley: A Harvest of Memories, and Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer. An active proponent of organic farming, Masumoto has won numerous literary awards. He is also active in foundation work and in the cultural life of California and beyond. Visit his website at