MANCHESTER - Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our broken industrial food system. From rural outposts to city streets, they are sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced close to home - and they are crying out for agricultural reform. All this has made "local food" into everything from a movement buzzword to the newest darling of food trendsters.

But now it's time to take the conversation to the next level. That's exactly what Philip Ackerman-Leist does in "Rebuilding the Foodshed," in which he refocuses the local-food lens on the broad issue of rebuilding regional food systems that can replace the destructive aspects of industrial agriculture, meet food demands, affordably and sustainably.

At 6 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore, meet Philip Ackerman-Leist at a pre-event reception: Kathryn Vanderminden, Chef and Owner of Village Roots, a local Farm-to-Table catering service, will provide seasonal treats for attendees.