Wendell Berry received the National Humanities Medal in 2010 for his achievement as a poet, novelist, farmer and conservationist. He summarized his philosophy in this year’s Jefferson Lecture, titled “It All Turns On Affection.” For more than 50 years, Berry has been writing about life in a fictional small town called Port William. Its families are closely bound by marriage, kinship, friendship, history and memory. They help each other with the hard work of farming and take pleasure in the telling of shared stories. In a new collection, characters age and pass on, but their tales of love, joy and sorrow live on.
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Excerpt from "A Place in Time: Twenty Stories of the Port William Membership" by Wendell Berry. Copyright 2012 by Wendell Berry. Reprinted here by permission of Counterpoint Press. All rights reserved.