Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating, is the first speaker in this year’s series of author evenings sponsored by Friends of the CSU Libraries, the Poudre River Friends of the Library, City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, KUNC radio and Hilton Fort Collins. The event is free and open to the public – no tickets are required. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A book signing will follow the program. In The American Way of Eating, McMillan examines the reality of this country’s food industry by chronicling her own experiences working in a California garlic field, a Walmart produce department outside Detroit, and the kitchen of a New York City Applebee’s. McMillan goes beyond the food on her plate to explore the national priorities that put it there, arguing for thinking of fresh, healthy food as a public and social good.