Ferry Plaza Book Party: Maria Finn

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Maria Finn, Author of A Little Piece of Earth, How to Grow Your Own Food in Small Spaces

Maria Finn
Maria Finn

Monday, May 17, 2010 || 6pm
Book Passage || Ferry Plaza
San Francisco || www.bookpassage.com

A Little Piece of Earth is all about starting small, with more than fifty self-contained, doable projects. Whether you have a yard, a terrace, a rooftop, or just a windowsill, there are plenty of ideas and inspirations to choose from. Harvest your own precious vanilla pods from a pot indoors. Grow savory shiitakes on a small log in your kitchen. Build a miniature vineyard trellis on your deck or build a raised bed on your patio. Recipes for using your homegrown bounty are sprinkled throughout. Charming illustrations guide you through step-by-step, and there’s a complete resources section. This is about making dirt work for you, taking some control over your food supply, and, most important, enriching your life with the quiet, simple pleasures of produce raised organically with your own hands.

Maria received an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Upon graduating she taught in the English Department at Hunter College, CUNY for six years. Maria compiled and edited Cuba in Mind, an anthology of essays, poems, novel excerpts and short stories in English on Cuba, published by Random House’s Vintage imprint in June 2004. She also edited Mexico in Mind for Vintage, published in 2006. Her memoir, Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home was published this year by Algonquin Books in the United States, Arena in Holland and De Agostini in Italy.  A Little Piece of Earth, How To Grow Your Own Food in Small Spaces, was published by Rizzoli this year as well. Nature and plant lovers will enjoy her blog and weekly newsletter, City Dirt: The Bay Area Weekly Garden Newsletter for Foodies, Foragers, Tree-Huggers and Beauty Lovers.