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OCUReads Presents Urban Farming Book Author

Oklahoma City University will host a presentation by the author of “Farm City” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wanda L. Bass Music Center on Blackwelder Avenue and N.W. 25th Street. The presentation is free to the public.

Novella Carpenter wrote the book after she converted an abandoned field next to her Oakland, Calif., home into an urban farm. Carpenter discusses her experiences of raising chickens, turkeys, rabbits, bees, pigs and other animals on her inner-city farm.

Carpenter grew up in Idaho and Washington. She majored in biology and English at the University of Washington. She studied journalism under a professor of Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and began writing about her interests — farming, food, the environment and culture.

She has been urban farming for about a decade. “Farm City” was published in 2009.

OCUReads is in its ninth year at Oklahoma City University. It was developed as an introduction to some of the core elements of the university’s educational programs including critical and creative thinking, lifelong learning, cultivation of ethical convictions and the ability to engage in civil discourse in a culturally diverse environment.

Through OCUReads, students join in the conversation about how men and women throughout history have sought to understand themselves and to reflect upon the choices people must make in developing their imagination and reason, ethics and introspection.

Carpenter will field questions from the audience and sign books following her presentation Thursday. For more information, contact Diana Silver at