Berry will appear for a public conversation at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Shubert Theatre, 247 College St. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from the Shubert Theatre box office.
Writer and farmer Wendell Berry
was honored at the Dayton Literary Peace Prize gala Sunday for his
lifelong pursuit of peace through his novels, essays, short stories and
Berry was awarded the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished
Achievement Award, one of three awards presented during the
eighth-annual event, the first and only U.S. award to recognize the
power of literature to influence peace.
Gracing the front porch of Wendell Berry’s farmhouse outside Port
Royal, Ky., two traveling companions and I enjoy a glass of ice water
with the legendary writer.
How we ended up there is a tale in itself. Back-and-forth
correspondence with Wendell over the summer. A road trip starting at
5:30 a.m. Sunday morning so we could attend Port Royal Baptist Church.
But the journey is merely prelude to a conversation with Wendell - and
conversation is what counts on this pleasantly warm August afternoon.
Wendell wasn’t in church that Sunday morning, although his wife Tanya
was. She spotted us in the congregation and came over to greet us even
as she rounded up a few extra choir members for the opening song. “This
is Wendell’s Sunday to be in the woods,” she said.
Something I love about the novelist, poet, essayist and farmer Wendell Berry
is that many of his more than 50 books include in the author bio: “He
lives and farms in his native Kentucky with his wife, Tanya Berry.” His
author photo is often a picture of him together with his wife. In words
and images he signals that he does not consider himself the solitary
creator of his work. In this land where individualism is glorified and
the persona of the maker often receives as much as or more attention
than the work made, his choice is both wildly unusual and quietly
CINCINNATI (AP) — The war Wendell Berry often writes about is what he sees as man's violence against his surroundings.
Kentucky-based author, essayist and poet was named winner Monday of the
Dayton Literary Peace Prize's lifetime achievement award for his
steadfast promotion of the need for people to live at peace with
are violent in our use of land," he said. "... The most direct way,
which is invariably the most violent way, to get what we want is the