Hub City Press is proud to announce it will publish Arwen Donahue’s hybrid memoir / art book, Landings: A Crooked Creek Farm Year. 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's husband 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. Arwen notes that “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.”
Landings will be published in the fall of 2022 and will include an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver.
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.