The Bismarck State College Alumni Association hosts a reception for author Judy Price Cook, a 1966 Bismarck State College alumna, Thursday, July 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the BSC Library.
Cook will be speaking earlier to BSC English and history classes as a presenter for the association's Alumni in the Classroom program. Her book will be available for purchase and signing.
"If This Land Could Talk" is a compilation of meticulous research, personal experiences and stories passed down through her family, who homesteaded and farmed in North Dakota's Kidder County. The story begins around 1900 with introductions of Cook's grandparents arriving in North Dakota, followed by descriptions of their daily lives, challenges, joys and intrigues.
With anecdotes, dialogue and the context of historical events, she brings her four grandparents and parents to life in a book that could be "a model for writing family histories," wrote a reviewer with ForeWord Clarion Review in Michigan. Cook also recounts how growing up on the same land during the 1950s shaped her life.
Cook lives near Los Angeles and is also a graduate of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. For more information, visit her website at judyrcook.com.