Michael Cart, author of “Talking to Animals and Others: The Life and Work of Walter R. Brooks” will discuss the city’s role in Brooks’ life and his “Freddy the Pig” children’s books at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Rundel Memorial Building, 115 South Ave., Rochester.
The talk will supplement a “Freddy the Pig” exhibit in the children’s section of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave., that runs through mid-October.
Brooks, a former Rochesterian who created TV’s “Mister Ed,” published 26 books in the “Freddy” series in 1927-58. The books are set on the Bean farm outside a small town called Centerboro, which apparently is a short distance from Rochester via balloon or flying saucer.
On the Bean farm, the animals talk. Some of them even read. At one point, they form their own government — the First Animal Republic — and elect Mrs. Wiggins, a cow, as president. The central character, Freddy, is a pig-of-all-trades: detective, magician, pilot, football player, baseball coach, cowboy, adventurer, etc.
“The stories hold up pretty well,” said Randy Cepuch, president of The Friends of Freddy. “I read them all when I was 8 or 9, and I’ve recently enjoyed rereading them all in my early 60s.”