Road to Waubeek by Barbara Feller

Mazel Tov to Barbara Feller on the publication of her book, Road to Waubeek: Discovering Jay G. Sigmund.

Barbara was interviewed on KCCK’s Culture Crawl by General Manager Dennis Green, regarding the historical significance in art and culture Jay Sigmund had on Grant Wood and other major artists in Iowa.

Road to Waubeek is published by Ice Cube Press. Read reviews at

At the crossroads of two cultural icons exists Jay G. Sigmund, born in Waubeek, Iowa. As the Regionalist movement was in full swing guess who had an enormous influence on well-known artist Grant Wood? Jay Sigmund. Also at this time a paperboy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was working on his interests in writing poetry with Jay Sigmund. Who was this paperboy? Another icon from eastern Iowa, Paul Engle, best known as the long-time director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and as founder of the International Writing Program (IWP), both at the University of Iowa.

In his time, Jay Sigmund was a successful insurance agent, but also a nationally respected and well-known author who clearly had a major impact on Midwestern culture through his love of place, such as the Wapsipinicon River, Waubeek, Iowa, and locations in and around Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Barbara will be promoting her book at the following upcoming events —

Sunday, October 7th 
Celebration of family and friends
Food and Music by Deep Dish Divas
FB & Company, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Whittier Road

Tuesday, October 16th
Reading and book signing
Barnes and Noble, 7:00 pm
Cedar Rapids

Thursday, October 25th
Reading and book signing
Beaverdale Books, 6:30 pm
Des Moines

Saturday, November 3rd 10:00 – Noon
Full program & book signing
History Center: Douglas Mansion on 2nd Avenue SE, 10:00 am – Noon
(Please note new location for the History Center)
Cedar Rapids

Sunday, November 4th
Reading and book signing
Prairie Lights Bookshop, 3:00 pm
Iowa City

Saturday, November 10th
Full Program & book signing
Springville Public Library, 1:00 pm

Tuesday, November 13th
Full program and book signing
Coe College, Perrine Gallery, Stewart Memorial Library, 4:00 pm
Cedar Rapids

Tuesday, November 27th
Full Program and book signing
Marion Public Library, 7:30 pm