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AUTHOR S. SMITH VISITING HOUSTON FOR EARTH DAY TOUR
Ultimate Food Police Imagined in New YA Series
SALEM, Ore. March 26, 2014—Would you still garden if it were illegal? That is the question confronted in Smith’s futuristic series, Seed Savers. Seed Savers envisions a time when corporate agriculture and the government have merged into one controlling agency—GRIM. Gardening and seed ownership is illegal, and the population eats a dumbed down, ultra-processed version of food.
Smith—gardener, seed saver, and teacher—wanted to write an enjoyable book that could be used in gardening classes and clubs. Ms. Smith was raised on a small family farm and still grows most of her own food. “Seed Savers is a love story starring homegrown food … politics obviously comes into the book, but it’s much more than that,” she said. When asked if the novels have a message, Smith said, “… the main message is that kids (and grown-ups) can make a difference in their world.”
Heirloom, the most recent book in the five book series, is listed in the March issue of San Francisco Kids Book Review and has recently moved into round two of the ABNA contest. The Portland Book Review says of Heirloom: “The concept of gardening being an illegal activity in this country is an interesting one, particularly in light of the growing use of processed and genetically modified foods in our diet. The concept becomes even more intriguing when a powerful company begins to systematically eliminate real food from the palates of American citizens… The characters are well developed and will be endearing to readers… Heirloom is a satisfying dystopian novel that younger fans of sci-fi will enjoy.”
Ms. Smith will be in Houston from April 15 to April 22, visiting and signing books at several Houston bookstores. Following her Houston visit, she has stops planned in Austin and Dallas as well. For a complete schedule, visit Ms. Smith’s website at http://authorssmith.com under events.
The names of the first three Seed Savers books are Treasure, Lily, and Heirloom. They are available digitally and in print wherever books are sold (ask to have them ordered). Books will be available for purchase at Ms. Smith’s appearances.
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