Bloedel Reserve Creative Resident Jori Lewis will be speaking about and reading from her book, Slaves for Peanuts. This free event is in collaboration with Bainbridge Public Library and Eagle Harbor Books.
Jori Lewis writes narrative nonfiction about the environment and agriculture, mostly in the Global South. Her reports and essays explore how people interact with their environments, focusing on the intersections between nature, history, and culture. Her writing has been published in The Atlantic Magazine, Discover Magazine and Emergence Magazine, among others, and she is a senior editor of Adi Magazine, a literary magazine of global politics. In 2022, she published her first book, Slaves for Peanuts: A Story of Conquest, Liberation, and a Crop That Changed History, which was supported by the prestigious Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant and a Silvers Grant for Work in Progress. Jori holds a MJ from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a MA in the social sciences and a BA in anthropology, both from the University of Chicago. She splits her time between Illinois and Senegal.