Live Stream | Arwen Donahue and Kristine Langley Mahler

Image shows text: Virtual. Arwen Donahue and Kristine Langley Mahler. Wednesday. 11/2/22. 6 PM ET. Photos of the presenters and covers of their books LANDINGS and CURING SEASON are also shown.

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LandingsA hybrid memoir/art book, with an introduction by New York Times Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver. 

In 130 ink-and-watercolor drawings, the story of one year on a family farm in Kentucky unfolds in captured moments of daily life: Donahue chopping wood, a cow sniffing her head, her daughter tending to goats after a hard day at school. Each visual is paired with a written reflection on the day’s doings, interwoven with the longer-arc history of her family, the farm, and their community. In telling the story of a farm family’s struggle to survive and thrive, Landings grapples with the legacy of our cultural divide between art and land and celebrates the beauty discovered along the way.

Arwen Donahue lives on a farm in Kentucky, where her family has raised produce for local markets for over 20 years. Her comics and graphic stories have been featured in The Nib, The Rumpus, The Indiana Review, and the forthcoming Field Guide to Graphic Literature. She has received grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Humanities Council, and an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council.

Eleven drawings from Landings were featured in the director’s cut of the documentary “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry,” directed by Laura Dunn and produced by Robert Redford and Terrence Malick.

Curing Season: After spending four years of adolescence in suburban North Carolina, Kristine Langley Mahler, even as an adult, is still buffeted by the cultural differences between her pioneer-like upbringing in Oregon and the settled southern traditions into which she could never assimilate. Collecting evidence of displacement—a graveyard in a mall parking lot, a suburban neighborhood of white kids bused to desegregate public schools in the 1990s, and the death of her best friend—Curing Season is an attempt to understand her failed grasp at belonging.

Kristine Langley Mahler is a memoirist experimenting with the truth on the suburban prairie outside Omaha, Nebraska, a city ridging the backbone of the West and the Midwest. Her debut essay collection, Curing Season: Artifacts, is forthcoming with WVU Press on October 1, 2022. A second collection of essays, A Calendar is a Snakeskin, is forthcoming with Autofocus in spring 2023.

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Books: 
Landings: A Crooked Creek Farm Year By Arwen Donahue, Barbara Kingsolver (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Arwen Donahue, Barbara Kingsolver (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9798885740005
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - October 11th, 2022

Curing Season: Artifacts (In Place) By Kristine Langley Mahler Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781952271656
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: West Virginia University Press - October 1st, 2022

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