Village Books is pleased to join forces with Whatcom Writers and Publishers to co-host their monthly virtual supper club.
Each month on the second Wednesday, we host a guest author or explore a new topic to connect Whatcom Writers and industry speakers. This month we're pleased to feature Gigi Berardi, WWU professor and author of FoodWISE.
Topic: Publishing Big, Publishing Small
Little did Gigi Berardi know when she signed on with North Atlantic Books that she would be backed by publishing giant Penguin Random House, getting her book more traction than she could have dreamed. Berardi will talk about how a small food memoir book evolved into a much larger project, the benefits of publishing small while publishing big—and the challenges for writers who want to do both.
Gigi Berardi is a creative nonfiction, journalistic, and academic writer. She is currently working on historical fiction. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors since 1994 her public radio features (for KSKA, Anchorage, Alaska) have been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists. She has written for the LA Times, LA Style, LA Weekly, LA Reader, and regularly for the Anchorage Daily News and The Olympian. Her referenced articles have appeared in numerous scientific journals such as BioScience, Ethnohistory, Human Ecology Review, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, Human Organization, Society and Natural Resources, among others. In addition to teaching food and geography classes in the United States (Huxley College), Mexico, and Europe, she currently homesteads part-time 25 acres with her family in the San Juan Islands in Washington, where she milks sheep and makes cheese. She maintains a popular food blog (https://wp.wwu.edu/gigiberardi/). A Fulbright scholar, Berardi holds three graduate degrees, including a master’s in dance, which is the basis for her popular book, Finding Balance, and much of her other writing in dance (approximately 300 features and reviews—she writes as a contributing editor and writer for Dance Magazine).
Her FoodWISE book has been endorsed by over 30 food professionals and food thought-leaders and has been hailed by food writer Michael Pollan as "full of wisdom" and listed as one of “19 reads that inspire us and challenge us to be better activists, environmentalists, cooks, policymakers, protectors of the planet, farmers, supporters of pollinators and advocates for a better food system.” (Forbes.com)