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Cows I Have Known

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Thursday, March 01, 2018by kenna.kj

Will Gillespie, local author of “Cows I Have Known”, will be at a Meet and Greet at the Suzette Brumleve Memorial Effingham Public Library on Thursday March 1st, 6 p.m. in the Workman Room.

Will Gillespie grew up on a farm in the southern part of Jasper County that raised beans, corn, wheat, and cattle. “Cows I Have Known” is a non-fiction account of the cows that Gillespie raised.  It opens with a reflective account of the author’s favorite cow. From there readers are immersed in raising beef cattle, and while most of the chapters focus on events in the pasture, Gillespie also takes us off the farm and interweaves subtle lessons to vivid events that extend far beyond the pasture. Inadvertently the cows affect every bit of his life.

At the Meet and Greet, Gillespie, will give a presentation of his book followed by time for questions and answers.

Copies of his book will be available for purchase for $15, payable by cash or check. An edited version is also available for $12.50.

Registration is required. Register online or call the library.

Gillespie will also be reading excerpts from his book at Feed On Fiction: Adult Story Time set for 12:15 p.m., earlier in the day. Bring your lunch or a quiet activity and listen to Gillespie in the Fearday Family Café. No registration is required for Feed On Fiction, which is held every Thursday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., perfect for lunch breaks.

For further information, the library can be contacted at 217-342-2464 x1, email, or go online at