Photo of Author Natalie Baszile with cover of her book We Are Each Other's Harvest

Free Public Lecture with Author Natalie Baszile

Sun., March 20, 4 pm
Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA 94563
& also livestreamed

The Orinda Community Church (OCC) is hosting a public lecture featuring Natalie Baszile this Sun., March 20 at 4 pm. This is both an in-person event and available via livestream. OCC is opening their doors to the community so that Ms. Baszile can engage us in a vital conversation about the history and current predicament of Black farmers in the United States.

Natalie Baszile is the author of Queen Sugar, which has been turned into a television series on the Oprah Winfrey Network produced by Ava DuVernay. Baszile is also the editor of We Are Each Other’s Harvest, a collection of essays, interviews, photographs, and poems about Black American farmers. Natalie Baszile graduated from UCLA with an MA in Afro-American Studies and has an MFA in Writing from Warren Wilson College. She started writing what became Queen Sugar in the 1990s, exploring an African-American–themed tale of endurance and hope in the American South. She worked on the text for ten years. Baszile attended a women writer’s retreat in Hedgebrook where she read part of a chapter from Queen Sugar to the group. From that came the opportunity to have her story made into a series on the Oprah NETWORK. Register for the event by going to

You’re invited to watch this video to hear Baszile discussing her anthology about black farmers in the United States, We Are Each Other’s Harvest, before Sunday’s lecture.