On Wednesday, September 23 at 7 p.m. the Hudson Library & Historical Society will host a live virtual streaming event with author Stephen Heyman, author of The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution. The book tells the story of how a leading writer of the 1920’s became America’s most famous farmer and inspired the organic food movement.
Louis Bromfield was a World War I ambulance driver, a Paris expat, and a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist as famous in the 1920s as Hemingway or Fitzgerald. But he cashed in his literary success to finance a wild agrarian dream in his native Ohio. The ideas he implemented at his utopian experimental farm, Malabar, would inspire America’s first generation of organic farmers and popularize the tenets of environmentalism. A Booklist starred review calls The Planter of Modern Life a “delightful and exhilarating page-turner.” Barry Estabrook of The Wall Street Journal calls it “a rattling good yarn.”
Heyman was formerly a features editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. His column charting international culture ran in the New York Times’s global edition from 2013 to 2015. In addition to the Times, his articles have appeared in Esquire, Slate, Travel & Leisure, Vogue, W and The Wall Street Journal. In 2018, he was named a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography and a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar.
Copies of The Planter of Modern Life will be available for purchase courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Registration for this program is required and a valid email address is required at time of registration. Participants will receive an email invitation to attend the program, hosted on Zoom, a day before the program begins. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.