Historical Society book club explores Iowa author
Ruth Suckow's A Rural Community is topic for Nov. 28 meeting

For immediate release November 14, 2007


Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa’s book group, “Book Discovery Discussions,” will meet 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 28, 2007 at the State Historical Building to discuss Iowa author Ruth Suckow’s short story, A Rural Community.

 In A Rural Community, Suckow introduces Ralph Chapin, an orphan raised by Luke Hockaday and his wife on their farm, who comes home after his travels as a freelance newsman. The story celebrates the stability, continuity and quiet of rural life.

Participants may be bring their lunch or pick up a meal to go from Café Baratta’s. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required, by visiting www.iowahistory.org.

The State Historical Building is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. More information is available at 515-281-6897 or by email at susan.jellinger@iowa.com.

A Rural Community can be found on-line at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/msc/ToMsC750/MsC706/ARuralCommunity.html.

Following is the rest of the 2007-2008 “Book Discovery Discussions” schedule:

January 23, 2008
In No Time At All by Carl Hamilton
Hamilton recalls the familiar trappings of country life between two world wars with a tinge of regret, commemorating their passing.

March 26, 2008
A Son of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
An autobiographical memoir, Garland recounts events of his Midwest upbringing, including his time in Iowa.

May 28, 2008
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Call of the Wild is a featured title of the National Endowment for the Arts’ “The Big Read” program. London’s Iowa connection is two-fold: he marched across Iowa with Kelly’s Army and honeymooned in Newton.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.


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