Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers to host a book launch, signing, and celebration of food and community at Farmington Public Library for the book “Breaking Bread: Essays from New England on Food, Hunger, and Family.”

Join Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers as they host five stellar Farmington-area authors — Desi Van Til, Bill Roorbach, Patricia O’Donnell, Wesley McNair and Lewis Robinson — reading from “Breaking Bread,” an essay collection of 70 renowned New England writers talking about food and how it sustains us: mind, body and soul. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16  at the Farmington Public Library located at 117 Academy Street in Farmington.

In “Breaking Bread,” top literary talents and food writers explore local foods, family and community, delving into how what’s on our plate engages with what’s off: grief, pleasure, love, ethics, race and class. Here, you’ll find Lily King on chocolate chip cookies, Richard Russo on beans, Jennifer Finney Boylan on homemade pizza, Susan Minot on the nonfood food of her youth, and Richard Ford on why food doesn’t much interest him. Nancy Harmon Jenkins talks scallops, and Sandy Oliver the pleasures of being a locavore. Other essays address a beloved childhood food from Iran, the horror of starving in a prison camp, the urge to bake pot brownies for an ill friend, and the pleasure of buying a prized chocolate egg for a child.

Profits from this collection will benefit Blue Angel, a nonprofit combating food insecurity by delivering healthy food from local farmers to those in need, as stated in a news release.

For more information, contact Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers at 778-3454 or by email at [email protected]