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12 Books and 99 Years Later: A Conversation With Iowa's Beloved Homemaker Evelyn Birkby

Charity Nebbe
Iowa Public Radio
Evelyn Birkby holds up her latest book in her home in Sidney, Iowa.

In 1949, Evelyn Birkby was living on a farm in southwest Iowa, outside of Sidney, when she began writing a weekly newspaper column called “Up a Country Lane" in the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel. She still writes that column, now for the Shenandoah Valley News, and has been for 69 years without missing a week.  

Birkby has just published her 12th book at age 99. It's called "Through A Country Town Cookbook" and is full of her memories of graduating high school in Sidney in 1936 and then returning home to live there a decade later. During this interview, she talks with Charity Nebbe. 

Then, Lona Lewis, a long time friend of Birkby's, and a co-editor on another new book published by the Fremont County Historical Society called View From the Attic, joins the conversation. 

Both books are availble for purchase form the Fremont County Historical Society's website.

Lindsey Moon served as IPR's Senior Digital Producer - Music and the Executive Producer of IPR Studio One's All Access program. Moon started as a talk show producer with Iowa Public Radio in May of 2014. She came to IPR by way of Illinois Public Media, an NPR/PBS dual licensee in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and Wisconsin Public Radio, where she worked as a producer and a general assignment reporter.
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa