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Santa Monica Public Library presents An Evening with Frances Moore Lappé: Celebrating Sustainable Literature and Food


Date:  August 12, 2013

Contact:  Nancy Bender, Public Services Librarian
Phone:  (310) 458-8922


Santa Monica, California - The Santa Monica Public Library celebrates the seventh annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature at the special event An Evening with Frances Moore Lappé: Celebrating Sustainable Literature and Food on Thursday, September 12, at 6:30 pm, in the MLK Jr. Auditorium at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. 

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of the seminal book on sustainable eating Diet for a Small Planet and winner of this year's Green Prize Pioneer Award.  She is the author of 18 books, and co-founder of three organizations, including the Oakland-based think tank Food First and the Small Planet Institute.  Ms. Lappé is the seventh recipient of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Pioneer Award, established to honor authors who have paved the way for discourse on sustainable issues. 

At the event, Ms. Lappé discusses her latest book EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want and the importance of sustainable food.  The program will also include the premier of a short film on sustainable food in Santa Monica.  The film is an uplifting look into the lives and passions of local visionaries, celebrity chefs, and behind the scenes movers and shakers in the ever-growing sustainable food movement.  The screening and discussion will be followed by a book sale and signing, a no-waste reception featuring vegetarian food, and a drawing for audience members to take home copies of this year's Green Prize Award-winning books. 

The winners of the 2013 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Awards are:

The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
By Janisse Ray, published by Chelsea Green

The Responsible Company: What We've Learned from Patagonia's First 40 Years
By Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley, published by Patagonia Books

Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World
By Billy Parish and Dev Aujla, published by Rodale

Environmental Responsibility
On Extinction: How We Became Estranged from Nature
By Melanie Challenger, published by Counterpoint Press

Urban Renewal
Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
By Jeff Speck, published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Wildlife Conservation
Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds
By Jim Sterba, published by Crown

Youth Fiction
The Hop
By Sharelle Byars Moranville and illustrated by Niki Daly, published by Disney Hyperion Books

Youth Nonfiction
Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming in the City
By Hadley Dyer, published by Annick Press

Youth Picture Book
The Cloud Spinner
By Michael Catchpool and illustrated by Alison Jay, published by Alfred A. Knopf

Youth Graphic Novel
Luz Makes a Splash
By Claudia Dávila, published by Kids Can Press

Youth Nonfiction Series
Going Organic: A Healthy Guide to Making the Switch
Going Vegan: A Healthy Guide to Making the Switch
Going Vegetarian: A Healthy Guide to Making the Switch
By Dana Meachen Rau, published by Compass Point Books

Pioneer Award
Frances Moore Lappé

 The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature was established to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books that make significant contributions to, support the ideas of, and broaden public awareness of sustainability.  The City of Santa Monica's Sustainable City Plan defines sustainability as "meeting current needs - environmental, economic and social - without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same."

This event is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.  The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event.  For more information about the Santa Monica Public Library's Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, call (310) 458-8600 or visit The Library is served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Ride your bike - bicycle parking racks are available at the Main and branch libraries.


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