Join us for a Zoom presentation on Saturday, October 10th at 2 p.m. PST. Northwest author Apricot Irving will discusses her memoir The Gospel of Trees, which won a 2019 Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction. A daughter of missionaries stationed in Haiti, she explores the complicated ties of colonialism, ecology, and family. Irving has taught literature and writing to students worldwide. She is also an award-winning nature reporter and director of an oral history project focused on the changing landscape of Northeast Portland.
Apricot Irving grew up as a missionary’s daughter in Haiti during a time of upheaval. Her father’s unswerving commitment to replant the deforested hillsides, despite growing political unrest, threatened to splinter his family. Drawing from her parents’ journals, as well as her own, Irving retraces the story of her family, the missionaries in the north of Haiti, and the shattered history of colonization. Beautiful, poignant, and explosive, The Gospel of Trees grapples with the complicated legacy of those who wish to improve the world, and bears witness to the defiant beauty of an undefeated country.
Don’t miss this event!