Join Illinois Central College Adult Community Programs for an author reading and book signing of The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey with author Alan Guebert and his daughter-editor Mary Grace Foxwell on Thursday, February 18, from 1 to 3 pm, at ICC North Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria.
The collection chronicles Guebert’s early days growing up on Indian Farm, a dairy operation on 720 acres of rich Illinois bottomland. It recalls his years on the land working as part of that all-consuming, collaborative effort known as the family farm. The stories feature his tireless parents, measuring the year not in months but in seasons for sewing, haying, and doing the books; Jackie the farmhand, needing 90 minutes to do 60 minutes’ work and cussing the entire time; Hoard the dairyman, sore fingers wrapped in electrician’s tape, sharing wine and the prettiest Christmas tree ever; and the unflappable Uncle Honey, spreading mayhem via mistreated machinery, flipped wagons, and the careless union of diesel fuel and fire. Guebert’s heartfelt and humorous reminiscences depict the hard labor and simple pleasures to be found in ennobling work, and show that in life, as in farming, Uncle Honey had it right with his succinct philosophy for overcoming adversity: “the secret’s not to stop”.
Meet the authors, check out the book, and join in the conversation about the changing landscape of food and farming with these two inspiring storytellers.
Cost of the event is $15. Participants may bring their own copy of the book for signing or may purchase a copy at the event.
Register on the ICC Adult Community Programs website, www.icc.edu/acp, in-person at Hickory Hall on the North Campus, or by calling (309) 690-6900.
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