‘Poet laureate’ of family farming shares his stories | TheUnion.com

‘Poet laureate’ of family farming shares his stories

David Mas Masumoto has been described as the American family farm’s unofficial poet laureate.

His presentation tonight at the Madelyn Helling Library will consist of readings from his books, including the most recent “Letters to the Valley,” which explores his personal memories of food and place, stories about how our food is grown and by whom, and the suddenly changing context of family farms.

His books – about being brought up as a third generation Japanese-American to take over the 80-acre family farm in the San Joaquin Valley and turn it organic – brim with humor, angst, revelation, nostalgia, and just good story telling.

Masumoto has received articles and reviews from The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine and The New York Times, and his farm has been featured in Sunset magazine and on PBS television’s “California Heartland.” Writing awards include the Commonwealth Club Silver Medal, the Julia Child Cookbook award, and the James Clavell American Japanese Literary Award.

Masumoto says he became a writer by accident. “I had a story to tell, wrote the story, and found an audience.”

He lives with wife Marcy and their two children in a 90-year-old farmhouse 20 miles south of Fresno. Opening the program is Grass Valley Taiko. Beverages will be provided by the Friends of the Library.


WHAT: Author Night at the Library

WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday

WHERE: Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library, 900 Helling Way, Nevada City



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