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Iowa and Greene County Authors

Posted January 09, 2013 in Community Featured, Greene County

library 5Where do authors come from? From Iowa and Greene County, just as often as the big cities on the coasts. Their topics include cookbooks, romance, children’s books, sports, murder mysteries, history … just about everything.

Did you know that the books (later made into movies) “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” and “The Bridges of Madison County” were written by Iowans? A new book is “The Thinking Pilot’s Flight Manual: Or, How To Survive Flying Little Airplanes And Have A Ball Doing It,” written by Rick Durden who learned to fly at the Jefferson Airport. The Jefferson Public Library has many books by romance author Dorothy Garlock from Clear Lake. One off-beat title sounds delicious: “Sweet Corn and Sushi: the story of Iowa and Yamanashi” by Lori Erickson.   Some Iowa authors are well known in other professions such as opera singer Simon Estes, advice columnist Ann Landers, football player Kurt Warner and poet laureate Ted Kooser.

As for local authors, you’ll recognize the author of “Ah! You Iowans: At Home, At Work, At Play, At War” — Chuck Offenburger. A contributing author to recent runaway bestselling books by Michael Pollan is George Naylor from Churdan. The children’s library has two new graphic novels (novels in comic-strip format) written and illustrated by two brothers from Dana, Anthony and Raymond Sims.

You can learn more about Iowa authors by participating in the 2013 adult winter reading program. The theme is “Read Iowa,” and the program will run from Jan. 7 through March 9. Those who participate will complete an activity packet, attend interesting programs, earn prizes and, of course, enjoy reading books with an Iowa connection. The reading program is offered at no charge with the generous sponsorship of the Friends of the Library and several local businesses.

Take a look at the Jefferson Public Library website: and click on the link for Iowa Authors. It lists more than 320 books written by 124 Iowans and their hometowns. And those Greene County writers? You’ll find them, too, and some may be your neighbors. There are 11 from our county, with 25 titles among them. Check ’em out!

Jefferson Public Library
200 West Lincoln Way
386-2835  Adult Dept
386-4415  Children’s Dept
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Mon. and Wed.: 1 – 8 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.:
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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