by Caroline Ailanthus
Janisse Ray’s new book, The Seed Underground, is due out on August 1. Janisse is a two-time contributor to Whole Terrain, having given us “Towards a Real Earth Day” in Volume 14, 2005/2006, Celebration and Ceremony, and “Revolution: Beauty and the Coming Apart of Beauty, Becoming Beauty Again” in Volume 16, 2008/2009 ((r)e)volution. Janisse has also appeared in the pages of such notable publications as National Geographic Wildlife and Orion. She is the author of several books, including Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, and Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land. Her newest book, The Seed Underground, is a fond and lyrical introduction to seed savers, the ordinary and often eccentric people working to preserve our fading heritage of heirloom plant varieties. For those in Georgia and Tennessee (or those willing to get to Georgia or Tennessee sometime between June 30 and early November) a schedule for book readings is available at http://janisseray.weebly.com/.