Saint Louis University

The American Studies Department will host a book signing for Cindy Ott, Ph.D., at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Busch Student Center.

Ott will be discussing and signing copies of her new book "Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon." Refreshments will be provided.

From the publisher:

"In this fascinating cultural and natural history, Cindy Ott tells the story of the pumpkin. Beginning with the myth of the first Thanksgiving, she shows how Americans have used the pumpkin to fulfull their desire to maintain connections to nature and to the family farm of lore, and, ironically, how small farms and rural communities have been revitalized in the process.

And while the pumpkin has inspired American myths and traditions, the pumpkin itself has changed because of the ways people have perceived, valued, and used it. Pumpkin is a smart and lively study of the deep meanings hidden in common things and their power to make profound changes in the world around us."