An author’s talk and book signing is planned for this Sunday, June 10, at Niland’s Cafe in Colo. Complimentary refreshments will be served at the event, which takes place from 3-4 p.m.


“My Kind of Iowa,” a recently released book of Iowa photographs by Boone author Chuck Hackenmiller, offers images of what he hopes will give readers a good representation of what Iowa has to offer – from picturesque sunrises and sunsets, special events to familiar state wildlife and more.


“What I hope this book accomplishes is to provide readers a good cross-section of the state through my 175 photos, bringing to light some of the beauty and traditions many present and past Iowans have grown to appreciate — maybe even some things that have been taken for granted,” said Hackenmiller, born and raised in rural Stacyville, and a St. Ansgar high school graduate.


Hackenmiller worked 30 years as a reporter, photographer and editor for Iowa newspapers in Stacyville, Dyersville, Riceville, Boone and also in Wayne, Neb. It was during that journalism career he honed his photography skills, getting his initial introduction into newspaper writing and photography from the late Eugene Wagner of Stacyville, former publisher of the weekly Monitor-Review. Hackenmiller has dedicated his photo book to Wagner.


“From 1975 to 1980, Gene showed me the ropes with newspaper photography and film-developing, and showed me how to be creative with whatever cameras the business possessed. He fueled my passion for photography,” said Hackenmiller, currently employed at the Boone Hy-Vee.


This is his second book. In 2013, he published a book, “Follow The Cow Path Home,” a memoir of farm life in the 1950s and 1960s. This book will also available at the book signing event. “My Kind of Iowa” was printed by Wilcox Printing and Publishing of Madrid.