Land of Milk and Uncle Honey

The Center for Rural Affairs welcomes syndicated agricultural columnist Alan Guebert and his daughter Mary Grace Foxwell to our corner of the world. The father/daughter duo will read from their recently released book The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey at several locations and dates across Iowa  and Nebraska starting this week.

Published by the University of Illinois Press, the book is a collection of personal memories written over the past two decades as part of Guebert’s weekly Farm and Food File column. Each column recalls and reflects on the people, food, and values he learned on the 720-acre, 100-cow southern Illinois dairy farm of his youth in the late 1960s.

The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey has received high praise. It was recently included on Bon Appetit Magazine’s 20 Food Books to Read this Summer, LA Magazine’s Top 10 Summer Books for Foodies, and Food Tank’s Summer Reading List.

“Uncle Honey” was Guebert’s great Uncle, who retired from his in-town job to ‘help’ Alan’s father on their farm. Several of the stories in the book center on how this gentle, quiet man – truly, a ‘honey’ of a guy – turned into a steel-bending, throttle-breaking terror as soon as he put any tractor into gear, without the use of the clutch, of course.

Guebert’s co-author and daughter, Mary Grace Foxwell, conceptualized, compiled, and edited the book. She also wrote the epilogue, which details her own memories of her father and lessons gleaned from her grandparents’ farm.

Foxwell and Guebert will read selections from the book and answer questions. Copies will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Alan Guebert's column appears in more than 70 newspapers across the US and Canada.

The Center for Rural Affairs is proud to help promote these events. We strongly encourage you to attend a reading near you. Prepare for a free-wheeling discussion that promises to range from reminiscence of the good old days of hard work and simple pleasures on the farm to bare-knuckle debate over the future of rural and small town America… all with some good laughs. In other words, the kind of discussion that Alan Guebert is uniquely gifted to have and facilitate.

Book Signing Locations in Iowa:

Thursday, July 9
5-7pm Burlington By The Book, Burlington, IA

Friday, July 10
5:30-7:00pm River Lights Bookstore, Dubuque, IA

Saturday, July 11
9-11am Dubuque Farmers Market, Dubuque, IA
3-5pm NewBo City Market, Cedar Rapids, IA

Sunday, July 12
2-4pm Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, IA

Book Signing Locations in Nebraska

Update, 7/13, the Gueberts had to cancel their Nebraska readings due to a death in the family. New dates have not been scheduled at this time. The Center for Rural Affairs extends our deepest sympathy to the family for the loss. - JC

Monday, July 13
2-4pm The Bookworm, Omaha, NE
7-9pm Indigo Bridge Bookstore, Lincoln, NE

Tuesday, July 14
7-9pm City of York Auditorium, York, NE

Wednesday, July 15
6:30-8pm Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, NE