Crash Barry speaks about “Marijuana Valley”
Location: Main Library
Audience: Adults, Seniors
It’s the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition and Jeff plans to grow sixty-nine legal pot plants at his farmhouse in rural Maine. Problem is, he’s never grown ganja before, so he assembles a gang of misfit stoners to do the job. Jeff faces money troubles, women troubles and the threat of crop failure in his quest to turn kind bud into green. His hired hippies Rooster, Freaky-Freak, Mary, Dawn, Riley and Tracker duel and steal, party and dream, their hard labor fueled by the promise of the harvest paying off.
Gayle, Jeff’s girlfriend and the mother of their daughter, is tired of his stress-induced antics and has fallen in love with another man. Broke and jobless, she feels she can’t leave until fall, but cleaning up after a houseful of sloppy farmhands and dealing with Jeff’s increasingly bad temper push her to the edge.
Meanwhile, Jeff’s neighbor Robert, a long-time guerrilla farmer, is shifting from outlaw operations deep in the forest to cultivating giant medical cannabis plants in a pair of legal greenhouses in his dooryard. Working alone, Robert excels at his agricultural efforts despite weed-sniffing bear dogs, thieves and mold.
This is the true story of a free-loving (and smoking) fringe community growing Maine’s most valuable crop. In his inimitable style, journalist and novelist Crash Barry provides a behind-the-scenes look at a sliver of a secretive subculture.
About the author
Crash Barry has worked as a columnist, newspaper reporter, radio journalist, sailor, bartender, sternman, demolitionist, janitor, herdsman, cow milker and blueberry raker. He’s the author of the novel Sex, Drugs and Blueberries, the memoir Tough Island and the true story of Marijuana Valley. He raises pigs in the hills of western Maine.
About the Series » Brown Bag Lecture Series
Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features bi-weekly reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from around the nation as well as those who hail from right here in Maine.
All Brown Bag Lectures are free to the public (unless specifically noted as a fundraiser). Because they usually take place over the lunch hour, guests are encouraged to bring their lunch; coffee provided by Coffee By Design. Special thanks to our Brown Bag Lecture Series coffee sponsor, Coffee by Design, and welcome to our new refreshment sponsor, Whole Foods. Books on sale at each lecture courtesy of Longfellow Books, who generously donates a portion of the proceeds to the Portland Public Library. Questions about our Brown Bag Lectures or to be added to our weekly calendar e-mail, please send us an e-mail.
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