Corky Parker with Nancy Leson
A few lifetimes ago, at least for some of us, there is memory of Corky Parker as being the creative director and cofounder of an independent Seattle film company. Then, as can happen, we lost track of her, as she took on other trajectories and locales. Before coming to situate herself in Port Townsend, there were the twenty-plus years she spent running La Finca Caribe, an ‘eco-lodge’ in Vieques, Puerto Rico. That life, that place, that work are lovingly and enchantingly chronicled in her beautiful illustrated book, La Finca: Love, Loss, and Laundry on a Tiny Puerto Rican Island (Trinity University Press).
“The beauty of Vieques and La Finca Caribe shines brightly. Corky Parker’s passion for the land, food, and culture of this Puerto Rican island is infectious.” — Alice Waters.
“A frank, sometimes heartbreaking account of what it means to nurture a childhood dream. Filled with delightful doodles, this playful yet humbling story takes you to a magical place.” — Summer Brenner.
“Lively, touching, and utterly original!” — Rebecca Wells.
With Corky Parker in conversation this evening will be Nancy Leson, a long time restaurant critic and food columnist at The Seattle Times, now doing food commentary (and recipes) at the NPR affiliate KNKX, and leading food tours (when those are possible), and teaching cooking classes.