The Central Valley Partnership will be meeting on Tuesday, May 21st
starting at 5:30pm at the Carpenter’s Union Hall, 1361 North Hulbert Avenue
CVP welcomes Mark Arax to speak on his newly released book, *The Dreamt
Land. *The book talk, described below, lays out the story of water in the
Central Valley and California.
Books will be available for purchase at the meeting.
The agenda is attached below.
6:00pm *Introduction – Tom Willey, Organic Farmer, T&D Willey
6:05pm *The Dreamt Land – Book Talk with Mark Arax*
*The Dreamt Land *weaves journalism, history and memoir in describing the
development of California.
Starting in drought and ending in flood, from gold miners and family
farmers to the empires of agriculture that consume so much of California’s
water today, this book tells of the building of the state’s water
infrastructure and the people affected by those flows of capital and
It is a story of politics and hubris, of imported workers left behind, and
the overworked land pushed to its limits sinking under the burden of its
depleted aquifers. In a world of boom and bust, of flood and drought, the
state continues to over use its critical, limited resource – water.
Perhaps a land needs stories as grand as its geography, and here in the
valley we have been blessed with storytellers. In the tradition of Saroyan
and Steinbeck, Mark’s book talk will bring us across these landscapes
through a history of water in California and the Central Valley.
6:45pm *Discussion and Dialogue*
7:00pm *Book Signing with Author *(books will be available for
[image: The Dreampt Land Book Cover.jpg]
Daniel O’Connell, Ph.D.
Central Valley Partnership