Michael Perry Reading Wednesday, August 29th

Monkey See Monkey Read is pleased to bring Michael Perry back to Northfield for a reading from his latest book, Visiting Tom: A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace. Perry will read from Visiting Tom on August 29th at 7:30 pm. The reading will be at the Northfield Senior Center, 1651Jefferson Parkway.

Tom Hartwig is at it again.

What can we learn about life, love and artillery from an 82-year-old man whose favorite hobby is firing his homemade cannons? Visit by visit – often with his young daughters in tow – author Michael Perry is about to find out.

Toiling in a shop Perry describes as “an antique store stocked by Rube Goldberg, curated by Hunter Thompson, and rearranged by a small earthquake,” Tom Hartwig makes gag shovel handles, parts for quarter-million-dollar farm equipment, and—now and then—batches of potentially “extralegal” explosives. Famous for driving a team of oxen in local parades and approaching his 60th marriage anniversary with his wife Arlene, Tom has an endless reservoir of stories dating back to days of his prize Model A, and an antiauthoritarian streak refreshed daily by the four-lane interstate that was shoved through his front yard in 1965 and now dumps over 8 million vehicles past his kitchen window every year. And yet Visiting Tom is dominated by the elderly man’s equanimity and ultimately—when he and Perry converse over the kitchen table as husbands and the fathers of daughters—unvarnished tenderness.

Michael Perry is a humorist and author of the bestselling 
memoirs Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a TimeTruck: A Love Story and Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting, as well as the essay collection Off Main Street.Perry has written forEsquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Backpacker, Orion and Salon.com, and is a contributing editor to Men’s Health. He has performed and produced two live audience humor recordings (I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow) and he performs regularly with his band the Long Beds.  Perry lives in rural Wisconsin, where he remains active with the local volunteer rescue service. He can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com.