Come and hear author Ted Genoways speak about "This Blessed Earth," the Omaha Reads book selection for 2019. Omaha Reads is a campaign to promote literacy and provide the city with a common theme to discuss. One book is selected each year and celebrated with book discussions, author visits and related programs and events.For forty years, Rick Hammond has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation farm. But as he prepares to hand off the operation to his daughter Meghan and her husband Kyle, their entire way of life is under siege. Confronted by rising corporate ownership, encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies, small farmers are often caught in the middle and fighting just to preserve their way of life. Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, "This Blessed Earth" is both a history of American agriculture and a portrait of one family’s struggle to hold on to their legacy.Ted Genoways is the winner of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award for Investigative Journalism. He is the author of five books, including "This Blessed Earth," winner of the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Award, and "The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food," a finalist for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Writing and Literature. Copies of "This Blessed Earth" will be available for purchase and signing following a Q&A session. Check out a copy from OPL at https://bit.ly/2N030g0.