Featuring stories of Rosalee who, while working at her dad’s rural store during the summer of 1952, falls in love with a young red-headed man when he steps down from the Greyhound bus; and of a middle-aged woman named Jenny who, employed by Gold Plate Catering, while serving a wedding reception at Historic Gardencourt in Louisville, reflects on the love life involving previous owners, the Norton sisters, as well as her own failed marriage.
Speed Family Heritage Recipes — I love cookbooks! As a member of the Corn Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, I am especially proud of the work done by committee to produce Speed Family Heritage Recipes. I can taste the brandy and ice-cream in “Jane Cochran Speed’s Eggnog,” the mushrooms and peppers in “Aunt Aurilla Bowman’s Chicken ala King,” and the sweetness of “Aunt Bell Quigley’s Sugar Pie.” With an opportunity to use donated recipes collected by Hattie Speed Ream Nickell, volunteers set up meetings to produce the book as a fundraiser for Corn Island’s designated historical preservation project, the Farmington Historical Plantation, originally the home of the Speed family. What sets this cookbook apart are the historical notes about the original cooks, and the story of Farmington. The flavor of the times is imparted as thoroughly as the measurement of ingredients and instructions which were converted into 21st century terms. Peggy Grimes, Martha Tomazic, Terry Pyles, editor Susan E. Lindsey, and publisher Cheri Powell pulled together the book from recipes donated by Miles McDonnell, who owned the family’s collection. Diane Young, executive director at Farmington, served as liaison between the board and cookbook committee. With monumental help from testers, tasters, and other volunteered services, the book is now available for sale at amazon.com. David Domine, writer and local historian wrote in the foreword, “Fond of art and music, the Speeds placed great value on education and they loved good food.” Tom Owen, historian and archivist, says in the afterword, “My wish for you is that these tried-and-true recipes will attract good fellowship to your table where more voices will be heard than those of the people sitting right near you.”
After my 2003 Spalding MFA graduation, I thought about what each mentor had done for me and my fiction, Back Home in Landing Run.
Roy Hoffman plowed the ground, turned it over, and rearranged the whole garden.
Connie May Fowler added the sunshine, rain, and nutrients.
Robin Lippincott hoed the weeds, and tied the vines to the poles.
Phil Condon helped in harvesting, advised what to pick, what to cull, and where to market.
Monday, June 13, 6 pm
The Louisville Free Public Library is offering an Indie Lou Author Series Event that is held at either the Main Branch, downtown, or the southwest location. It is a no-charge event held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, and is open to Louisville and/or Kentuckiana authors. All proceeds from book sales go to the authors. The event begins at 6 and should end at 7 or 7:30. Parking meters are free after 6 pm. There are spaces outside the library and at the little metered lot off York across from the library.
Usually, this program is for individual authors but our group, The Cherokee Roundtable, has been given permission to set up tables for eleven of us who have published books. We will be in the Centennial Room at the Main Branch at 4th and York on Monday, June 13th. We will each have small introductory remarks. Come out to have an evening of enjoyment with your writer and reader friends at The Cherokee Roundtable.
#SPLove Homecoming 2016 will begin the evening of Wednesday, June 1st and go though Sunday, June 5th. I hope you are making plans to attend!