Michael Pollan, Author of Cooked, To Speak at ASU This October

Food lovers and culinary literature nerds will know the name Michael Pollan.

The best-selling author was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2010 and received a James Beard award for best magazine series in 2003. Pollan has written four New York Times best sellers, including his most recent book, "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation," which was released this May.

This fall, Arizona State University's Barrett, The Honors College will bring the journalist and author to the Valley for the school's annual Flinn Foundation Centennial Lecture on October 8, 2013.

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The lecture, titled "Out of the Garden and onto the Plate: A Writer's Education," will be an autobiographical talk about how Pollan began his writing career -- from the first time he planted a vegetable garden while under the influence of infamous authors Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Though much had been written about man and nature, Pollan realized the need for practical works about the interactions between man and nature. The talk will include brief readings from some of his books.

From the lecture description website:

"Art is a tool for living, and most American art about nature has done a brilliant job of celebrating, and helping us preserve, the wilderness; however it is largely silent, and all but useless, about the ordinary places where most of us live and work. Along the way, Pollan discovered that literature of the garden and farm might offer a useful antidote to the wilderness tradition, and that an exploration on the messy places where nature and culture mix it up - including agriculture- might help guide our culture through the challenges we face today, especially around eating and the environment."

Pollan will be the 25th speaker of the Flinn Foundation Centennial Lecture, hosted annually by the college. In 1989, the Flinn Foundation established an endowment to commemorate the University's 100th year and later, provided the school with funds to bring world renowned intellectuals to the college. Past speakers have included Sylvia Nassar, author of "A Beautiful Mind," and Edward James Olmos, a Mexican-American actor and director.

Pollan's lecture will be at Tempe Center for the Arts on Tuesday, October 8 at 8 p.m.

Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested. For tickets and more information about the lecture visit the Barrett, The Honors College website.

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