Don Howard pens sec­ond book

The Drumheller Mail - - News - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

At 79, Don Howard can still ride and rope with the best of them, It turns out when he puts pen­cil to pa­per, he is also pretty good at spin­ning a yarn.

In 2013, he re­leased his first book, Un­der the Cow Patty, pub­lished by The Drumheller Mail. This de­tailed many sto­ries about his fam­ily and grow­ing up on the prairie north of Drumheller. He still had many more sto­ries to tell, which have now been writ­ten and re­leased un­der the ti­tle Wild Gar­lic and Don­sense.

“Some of this one is about my wife Car­men, which I had to get the okay on that,” he chuck­les. “It is just reg­u­lar stuff. It is very sim­i­lar to other peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ence with ranch work, but not a lot of dif­fer­ence from what other peo­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced.”

In fact, that is part of the charm, is to tell sto­ries that peo­ple can iden­tify with.

“A lot of peo­ple, af­ter they read Un­der the Cow Patty, said that we could re­late to what you said and I guess that is what makes a book some­what in­ter­est­ing,” he said.

He has en­joyed tak­ing on writ­ing.

“I read a cou­ple of au­to­bi­ogra­phies and thought maybe I should write one, and that one, Un­der the Cow Patty, was more suc­cess­ful than I would have ex­pected,” he said.

“You get a lit­tle bit of sat­is­fac­tion from com­plet­ing it but more of it comes when some­one comes up and says, ‘I read your book and I re­ally en­joyed it,’” he said.

His new book is more of a light read.

“This one is an easy read, it is a smaller book. I guess if I kept on I could have added a lot of sto­ries this year, es­pe­cially with some of my con­tacts with wild cows and bulls and stuff, but you can only get so much of that.”

The book also con­tains some orig­i­nal pho­tog­ra­phy and draw­ings by fam­ily mem­bers as well as sketches taken from old cal­en­dars.

Howard is host­ing a book sign­ing for this new work Wild Gar­lic and Don­sense on Fri­day, Au­gust 9 at The Drumheller Mail, start­ing at 10 a.m.

As to whether there is an­other book in him, “I think this is it, I won’t push my luck."

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