BOOKS: Bruce Barcott’s new book examines marijuana

Seattle author, journalist and cannabis industry expert Bruce Barcott, a Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction, shares his new book, “Weed the People,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

In 2012, Bruce Barcott reluctantly voted for legalization in Washington; the next morning he wondered, “What have we done?” “Weed the People” tries to answers that question with an insightful and often funny dive into the booming pot industry and a look at the legal, social, cultural, and personal changes brought about by the changing status of the world’s most controversial plant.

The author of “The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw” and “The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier,” Barcott is a contributing editor at Outside magazine. His feature articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Sports Illustrated, Harper’s, Utne Reader, and other publications. He contributes reviews to The New York Times Book Review and the public radio show “Living on Earth” and is a former Ted Scripps Fellow at the University of Colorado.