Grocery Story: Talk and Book Signing with Author Jon Steinman

Thursday, 5/9/2019

Jon Steinman Book Tour: Grocery Story: The promise of food co-ops in the age of grocery giants

In-Store Meet the Author, 11am – 5pm                                                                  
Talk & Book Signing, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Presented by Jon Steinman and New Society Publishers

Jon Steinman will be making a stop at our Co-op as part of 100-city international book tour for Grocery Story: The promise of food co-ops in the age of grocery giants, published by New Society Publishers. A compelling case of the long and steady work of consumer-owned food co-ops and their relentless and remarkable work to remain relevant and impactful in their communities even in the age of modern chain grocery giants.

About the Author:

Jon Steinman has studied and worked with all things food for over two decades. He was the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinner, once ranked as the most-listened-to food podcast in Canada. Jon is the writer and host of "Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food System" – a television and web series currently streaming online. Jon coordinates and curates the annual Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival of compelling food documentaries and was an elected director from 2006-2016 of the Kootenay Co-op – Canada's largest independent retail consumer food co-op, serving as Board President from 2014-2016. He lives in Nelson, BC.

More than ever before, food co-ops are in need of differentiating themselves from chain and privately- owned retailers – many of whom carry products and services baring little distinction from what has commonly been considered “co-op food”. But where differentiation lies among food co-ops is in the diverse roles food co-ops play in their communities and through the democratizing of the economy that the cooperative model enables. The support food co-ops provide to local and regional foodmakers is also substantial, and Grocery Story devotes considerable attention to the promise of food co-ops to direct power in the marketplace back into the hands of foodmakers of all kinds – farmers, fishers, processors and manufacturers.
My intention with Grocery Story was to bring forward the co-op difference in the most penetrating, comprehensive, and inspiring way possible.
- Jon Steinman

Location: River Valley Co-op

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