At the Kentucky Book Fair on November 17, 2018, Wendell “I don’t take what I write all that seriously” Berry spoke with Jon Parrish Peede, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The event was moderated by Dr. Morris Grubbs of The University of Kentucky. HERE IS A LINK to an audio recording of that conversation.
English composer Gavin Bryars grounds his latest a cappella work, A Native Hill, on text by Mr. Berry from his 1968 essay. The work will be performed on December 14th and 16th by Philadelphia's well-known chamber choir, The Crossing.
A note at Mr. Bryars' site says,
Following from the huge success of The Fifth Century, written for The Crossing and Prism Saxophone Quartet, which won a Grammy for Best Choral performance in January 2018, Gavin has written a substantial new a capella, work that builds on the considerable experience that he has of working with the choir, and the many close personal friendships within it. For this he has set text from the American writer Wendell Berry's early essay A Native Hill (1968). Berry, now in his eighties, has written a great deal - poetry, essays, novels - from the perspective of his life as a farmer in rural Kentucky, where he has lived and worked for over 50 years. He is one of the world's finest writers, and perhaps because of his apparent isolation has been called a "modern-day Thoreau" and certainly his work is as politically charged as that of his 19th century predecessor. Gavin decided to set prose texts rather than the poetry, although, like Thomas Traherne who was the writer used for The Fifth Century, this "prose" has great poetic beauty.
Philadelphia's public radio station, WRTI, will present live highlights of the work on WRTI's Facebook page on Monday, December 10th at 4:30 PM [Eastern time, I presume], and also on WRTI 90.1 and streaming at WRTI.org on Thursday, December 13th at 12:10 PM. See more information HERE.
This year's KY Arts and Letters Day [November 10, 2018] at The Berry Center featured a very special keynote for our NEA Big Read: Agrarian Literary League of Henry County. Kentucky authors Wendell Berry and Crystal Wilkinson joined in conversation with moderator Debbie Barker to talk about their work, Ernest Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying, growing up in and writing about rural places, and the legacy of black agrarianism in the South. Visit berrycenter.org to subscribe to our newsletter and find us on Facebook and Instagram for more information about events and goings-on at the center. Filmed live on location in New Castle, Kentucky.
Wendell Berry, always one of the bestselling Kentucky authors at the book fair, will speak at noon [Saturday, November 17] on the UK Main Stage, then will sign “The Farm” beginning at 1 p.m. Larkspur Press originally produced a limited run of Berry’s illustrated poem, “The Farm,” in 1995. A new offset printed edition from Counterpoint Press has reproduced that gorgeous work in a lovely, understated gift package. Berry – an essayist, novelist and poet from Henry County – was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2010.
Read more at The State-Journal.
The Columbia State Community College philosophy department will host a philosophy invitational featuring Dr. Lucius Outlaw, Vanderbilt University professor of philosophy, and Dr. Peter Kuryla, Belmont University associate professor of history, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room located on the Williamson Campus.
At the invitational, the presenters will discuss “The Hidden Wound,” by Wendell Berry, in acknowledgement of the work’s 50th anniversary.
“The tumultuous events of 1968 prompted Wendell Berry to reevaluate how his childhood experiences with racial relations on a Kentucky farm informed his awareness of the festering social problem of racism, which he deems unavoidable until the source can be examined within the framework of our social inheritance and we truly begin to recognize the humanity in every individual."
Find more information at The Williamson Herald.
The Berry Center is hosting the 4th Annual Kentucky Art & Letters Day on November 10.
This year, we are thrilled to be joined by beloved Kentucky authors: Maurice Manning, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, Bobbie Ann Mason, Gray Zeitz, Leslie Shane, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Jonathan Greene, Maureen Morehead, and Ed McClanahan for our 4th annual Kentucky Arts & Letters Day. The keynote will feature Wendell Berry in conversation with Crystal Wilkinson, poet and author of "Birds of Opulence", "Blackberries, Blackberries", and "Water Street". This conversation also marks the finale of our Agrarian Literary League (ALL) program.
Our gallery will host talented wood engravers Carolyn Whitesel, Joanne Price, John Lackey, and Wesley Bates - all with deep connections to famed Kentucky letterpress, Larkspur Press.
For full information on this November 10th event, go HERE.
At the SouthWord Lit Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 3, 2017, Mr. Berry read his story "The Art of Loading Brush," the title story of his most recently published collection of fiction, essays, and poetry. Many thanks to Jane M. Schreck for bringing this to my attention.
Celebrating the release of the book 'The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings' by Wendell Berry and new Larkspur Press titles with readings and art exhibit.
The Berry Center will be hosting its 4th annual open house Saturday, November 11th from 11:00am-5:00pm. This year’s celebration will feature:
• The world premiere of “For the Hog Killing, 1979,” - a collection of photographs by Tanya Berry
• Readings by Kentucky authors, including - Wendell Berry, Bobbie Ann Mason, Ed McClanahan, Gray Zeitz, Frank X Walker, Frederick Smock, Erik Reece, Richard Taylor, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, Maurice Manning, Nana Lampton, Leatha Kendrick, Sue Richards, Trina Pieffer, and Leslie Shane
• Gray Zeitz, Leslie Shane, and the release of new Larkspur Press books
• Vermont composer and musician, Brendan Taaffe, performing
• Bookbinder Gabrielle Fox with her book, "Larkspur Press: Forty Years of Making Letterpress Books In A Rural Kentucky Community 1974-2014"
• Rollin’ Ruby’s food truck
• Refreshments, books, and unique gifts in The Bookstore at The Berry Center.
The Berry Center is located at 111 South Main Street in New Castle, KY. Street parking is available, and a municipal lot is located behind the Center on Carters Alley. For more information about The Berry Center’s Annual Open House, please contact bookstore manager Virginia Aguilar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-743-1820.
On November 3, 2017, Wendell Berry will deliver the Keynote Address at SouthWord 2017: A Literary Feast, to be held at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The event is hosted by Southern Lit Alliance (So Lit), a literary arts organization in Chattanooga, Tennessee that was founded in 1952 with a Ford Foundation grant.
See the Schedule of Events HERE.
See Ticket Information HERE.
See an overview of the Feast at The Chattanoogan.
The 40th annual Workshop will take place July 24-29, 2017.
The Appalachian Writers’ Workshop at Hindman Settlement School, which is Kentucky’s premier writers gathering, provides an opportunity for aspiring and accomplished writers to immerse themselves in a community of people who appreciate Appalachian literature and who hail from or write about the region. This creative community comes to the Settlement to learn and teach the craft of writing through structured workshops and exchange with other writers. Both published and unpublished writers are urged to attend.
Wendell Berry, Kentucky farmer and renowned author, will deliver the Jim Wayne Miller/James Still Keynote Address following a Kentucky Proud “dinner on the grounds” prepared by James Beard Award Finalist Chef Ouita Michel.
A special 40th Anniversary Celebration featuring award winning writers, Lee Smith and Bobbie Ann Mason, and Kentucky rhythm and bluegrass musicians, The Wooks.
Find more information at Hindman Settlement School.