In celebration of Black History Month, editor Thordis Niela Simonsen will read from You May Plow Here, show slides of Alabama mule farming in the 1970s, and share stories about her role in making the book. In 1974, thirty years after settling in the North, Sara Brooks told Thordis stories about growing up on the 32-acre farm her father owned in central Alabama. Moved by the substance and poetry of Brooks’ recollections, Thordis invited her to collaborate on a book. Over the next 10 years, Brooks recounted the exuberance of her unencumbered childhood years, the heartbreak of turbulent transition years, and the satisfaction of finally “making it.” You May Plow Here attests to Sara Brooks’ spirit for life, and especially the hope and determination she set against hardship.
YOU MAY PLOW HERE: The Narrative of Sara Brooks
reading | photographs | backstory
Sunday, February 22nd
Denver Woman’s Press Club
1325 Logan Street [free parking in lot north of building]
$12 at the door, cash or check only
More information, contact Thordis directly