Award-winning author, naturalist and activist Janisse Ray will give a talk in Chattanooga Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Ray will be speaking on heirloom seeds, agrodiversity, and the future of food. She is the author of five books of literary nonfiction, including her first, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood. The work is a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of south Georgia, and takes a hard look at family, mental illness, poverty and fundamentalism. The author advocates for the protection and restoration of the pine flatwoods of the South. UTC University Center, 642A E. 5th Street - Chattanooga. For tickets and more information, click here!