Next door to The Berry Center, housed in a log cabin built in 1790, the Agrarian Culture Center and Bookstore welcomes visitors from near and far. The Bookstore carries all of Wendell Berry’s publications, including many signed out-of-print, first edition, and hard-to-find titles. The rest of our collection is inspired by Wendell Berry’s home library and features works that have influenced his life, titles by friends and mentors, and books for young people that have been beloved by the Berry family for generations.
The Agrarian Culture Center and Bookstore is the birthplace of a rural reading program, the Agrarian Literary League (ALL). established in 2016, ALL is bringing humanities programming to rural communities, fostering the preservation of local histories through dialogue and storytelling, strengthening pride and stewardship of place, and conserving the unique culture found in rural places. Books for this program are chosen based on their enduring cultural value and potential to stimulate reflection and conversation. This reading list and accompanying materials will be made available to wider audiences.
The Agrarian Culture Center also hosts a number of events, including the annual Kentucky Arts and Letters day, with readings by distinguished Kentucky authors, and the ALL Fall Festival, which celebrates our reading communities and the bounty of our region.