Let’s Talk About It – Grace Olmstead

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Let’s Talk About It

with Grace Olmstead

Thursday, April 7 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

The event is free and open to anyone, but registration is required. Visit Idaho Commission for Libraries to learn more, or register below:


Let’s Talk About It has invited author Grace Olmstead to discuss her book Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We’ve Left Behind. This book relates Olmstead’s experiences in the small farming community surrounding Emmett, Idaho. It explores why some decide to stay, while others move on to greener pastures. Olmstead also questions what we owe to the generations who came before us, and how those who stay must contend with inevitable change brought on by government practices, farm policy, and environmental issues.

Olmstead will discuss her book in the context of Living in the Modern Rural West, a popular theme in the LTAI series. This theme explores the West as an ever changing and evolving landscape shaped by its history, that continues to face unprecedented challenges with growth, environmental concerns, economic shifts, and cultural divides.


Grace Olmstead is a journalist who focuses on farming, community, and place. Her writing has been published in “The New York Times,” “The Washington Post,” “The Wall Street Journal,” “The Week,” and “The Weekly Standard,” among others. A native of rural Idaho, she currently lives in Oxford with her husband and three children.

For more information, visit Idaho Commission for Libraries, send us a message online, or call 208-612-8460.