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Adair County poem and other readings Thursday at LWC

By Venus Popplewell

Jesse Donaldson, author of On Homesickness: A Plea, will give a public reading of excerpts from his book, including a poem about Adair County, on Thursday, October 26 at Lindsey Wilson College. The event is from 3:30pm to 4:30pmCT, and will take place in the Clark Reading Room of the Katie Murrell Library, 210 Lindsey Wilson St, Columbia, KY.

The event is sponsored by Orpheus, the literary journal of Lindsey Wilson College.

Donaldson was born in Kentucky and now lives in Oregon. His book, On Homesickness: A Plea (from WVU Press), is described as 'part memoir, part meditation on nostalgia, part catalog of Kentucky history and myth.' It's organized based on the geography of Kentucky with a poem or passage for each of the state's 120 counties.

Donaldson is currently on a tour where he will read passages in each of Kentucky's 120 counties. The tour started this past Sunday on October 22 in Powell County, and will end November 17 at the Kentucky Book Fair.

On Homesickness: A Plea has received accolades from a number of sources. Foreword reviews said "Donaldson's text is a celebration of everything Kentucky. It lifts up the stories of those who settled and shaped it as an American state; it records the marks made by those who lived in and formed it before it was taken over." He was also described as a "soulful writer" by the New York Times.

You can read more about Donaldson's work at

The book is available for purchase from Amazon: On Homesickness. Please note that Columbia Magazine recieves a small commission on sales made through this link.

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