Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Book Your Stocking with Kathleen Callum

Book Your Stocking: December 5

Every day of December, readers of all stripes are sharing their reading wish-lists and/or give-lists. Note on book links: titles are linked to their publishers, or to your nearest bookstore. If you are rural and without bookstores, share this post with your librarian or library's Facebook page.

Please welcome today's reader, Kathleen Callum.


Reading Wish-List

a.k.a To-Do List

Literature, Science Fiction, Mystery

Barkskins (2016) by Annie Proulx 

The Unquiet Grave: A Novel  (2017) by Sharyn McCrumb 

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (2017) 

The Sorrow of Archeology by Russell Martin (2005) 

Emergence by C.J. Cherryh



Seedfolks (2004) by Paul Fleischman

Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life (2018) by David Montgomery

Einstein’s Beets (2017) by Alexander Theroux.

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health (2016) by David Montgomery (reread)

A Sanctuary of Trees
(2012) by Gene Logsdon.

Being Salmon: Being Human (2017) by Martin Lee Mueller

Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (2007) by Kate Colquhoun

Kiss the Ground: How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body and Ultimately Save Our World
(2018) by Josh Tickell

Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
(2005) by Giles Milton

Current Events, History and Other Non-Fiction

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy  (2017) by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Fourth Edition 4th Edition
by Gloria Anzaldua.

The Wigwams in My Backyard (2017) Rick Will

The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World by Charles C. Mann

Saving Capitalism for the Many, Not the Few by Robert B. Reich


So Few on Earth: A Labrador Métis Woman Remembers (2010) by Josie Pennys

The Identities of Marie Rose Delorme Smith: Portrait of a Métis Woman, 1861-1960 (2012) by Doris Jeanne

 Métis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People (The David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History) (2015) by Michel Hogue

The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region,1650-1815 (Studies in North American Indian History) (1991) by Richard White


Kathleen Callum,
photo used by permission
About today's reader:

Kathleen Callum operates GEOARCH, Inc., a geological and archeological consulting firm, along with her husband Robert Sloma (who also works in Central Washington as a tribal archeologist). Together, they have a talented teenage musician son who goes to Lewis and Clark High School, live in a 1928 bungalow which they are restoring, and garden on their front lawn.

They first moved to Spokane in 2004 when Kathleen was hired by the U.S.D.A. as an archeologist. Kathleen specializes in Anthropocene landscape change and geoarcheology, eastern Washington history and archeology, the history of the Northwest French Métis cultural contact, ethnobotany, and traditional farming methods. She is one of the volunteer WSU Master Gardeners of Spokane, Spokane County Master Composters/Recyclers, President of Spokane Community Gardens, and an advocate of Food Not Lawns.

She gives public talks about community gardens, growing vegetables, how regenerative agriculture restores local economy and fights climate change, or her own personal story of garden therapy after suffering from a stroke. Recently, Kathleen started facilitating a chapter of the Inland Northwest Food Network’s (INWFN’s) “Food For Thought” book club in Spokane. She often randomly reads whatever catches her eye at Auntie’s, on display at libraries, or at book sales. She re-reads favorite authors like Annie Proulx, Sharon McCrumb, Gene Logsdon, Nevada Barr, and C.J. Cherryh until the books are dog-eared and worn.


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