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Author Event: Kristy Athens - Get Your Pitchfork On!

Event date: 
05/15/2012 - 6:00pm
Book Release Party
Kristy Athens, author of
Get Your Pitchfork On!
Tuesday, May 15th
6:30pm at Solstice Woodfire Cafe
(415 West Steuben Street, Bingen, WA 98605)

Waucoma Bookstore and Solstice Woodfire Cafe are hosting the book release party for  Get Your Pitchfork On! on Tuesday, May 15th at Solstice Wood Fire Cafe (415 West Steuben St, Bingen, WA).  The book release party starts at 6:30pm, and Solstice is offering all you can eat pizza for $10 (doors open at 5:00pm).  Author Kristy Athens will be discussing her new book Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living  Please join Kristy in celebrating this book, which was born in the Columbia River Gorge! 

About the Book

For hard-working office workers Kristy Athens and husband Michael, farming was a romantic dream. After purchasing farm land in Oregon's beautiful Columbia Gorge, Athens and hubby were surprised to learn that the realities of farming were challenging and unexpected. "Get Your Pitchfork On!" provides the hard-learned nuts-and-bolts of rural living from city folk who were initially out of their depth. Practical and often hilarious, "Get Your Pitchfork On!" reads like a twenty-first century "Egg and I."

"Get Your Pitchfork On!" gives urban professionals the practical tools they need to realize their dream, with basics of home, farm, and hearth. It also enters territory that other books avoid--straightforward advice about the social aspects of country living, from health care to schools to small-town politics.  Kristy Athens doesn't shy away from controversial subjects, such as having guns and hiring undocumented migrant workers. An important difference between "Get Your Pitchfork On!" and other farm/country books is that the author's initial country experiment failed. Ravaged by the elements, the economy, and the social structure of their rural area, Athens and husband sold their farm and retreated to Portland, Oregon, in 2009. This gave Athens the freedom to write honestly about her extraordinary experience.  Having learned from mistakes, both Kristy and her husband are currently saving up to buy another farm, and this time to live a practical dream rather than an uninformed nightmare.


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About the Author
Kristy Athens and her husband Mike lived on seven acres near Husum from 2003 to 2009; during that time, 
Kristy served on the Hood River Cultural Trust board, edited the now-defunct Columbia Gorge Magazine, and worked as community relations coordinator for Hospice of the Gorge, now part of Providence Hood River.  Kristy Athens' nonfiction and short stories have been published in a number of magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, most recently "High Desert Journal," "Barely South Review," and the anthology "Mamas and Papas." In 2010, she was a writer-in-residence for the Eastern Oregon Writer-in-Residence program and Soapstone.  This is her first book.
Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living (Process Self-Reliance) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781934170342
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Process - May 8th, 2012

Event address: 
Solstice Woodfire Cafe
415 West Steuben