Monthly Archives: November 2011

“Big Voice” Wins Big Award

The Wisconsin Historical Society’s Fall 2011 release,  “People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942“, has won USA Book News’ USA “Best Books 2011” Award in the category of Photography: People.

Among those who participated in the creation of the book was University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Professor of Photography Tom Jones, Wisconsin Historical Society Board Member Michael Schmudlach and Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Genealogist George A. Greendeer.

The book also was a finalist in the Best Interior Design category. Wisconsin Historical Society Press books were finalists in six other categories, according to the Society’s recent news release.

Here’s the text of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s News Release:


The Wisconsin Historical Society Press is proud to announce a national award won by the new Fall 2011 book “People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942” (Hardcover: $29.95, ISBN: 978-0-87020-476-0). The book received the USA “Best Books 2011” Award in the category of Photography: People for its portrayal of relationships and resilience in the Ho-Chunk community at the turn of the twentieth century through more than 300 beautifully detailed duotone photographs. The book was also a finalist in the Best Interior Design category. Wisconsin Historical Society Press books were finalists in six additional categories.

The USA “Best Books” Awards are in their ninth year and receive thousands of entries from publishers like Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Penguin, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons along with hundreds of independent houses. These awards are sponsored by, an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.  

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing the best of  
Wisconsin history and culture, since 1855
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About the Authors: Tom Jones is an assistant professor of photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work may be found in the National Museum of the American Indian and the Chazen Museum of Art. Michael Schmudlach serves on the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Board of Curators and has a lifelong relationship with the Ho-Chunk. Matthew Daniel Mason is an archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Amy Lonetree an associate professor of American studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and coeditor of “The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations.” George A. Greendeer has been the Ho-Chunk Nation’s tribal genealogist since 2000. Tom Jones, Amy Lonetree, and George A. Greendeer are enrolled members of the Ho-Chunk Nation.
Media: For review copies of the book, book photos, or event information, please contact Melanie Roth, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706; (608) 264-6465; email:   

For retail and wholesale orders: Contact the Chicago Distribution Center: 11030 South Langley Ave., Chicago, IL  60628-3830. Phone: (800) 621-2736  Fax: (800) 621-8476  Email:
For individual orders: Order by phone toll free at (888) 999-1669, shop online at, or shop in person at the Wisconsin Historical Museum Shop, 30 N. Carroll St., Madison WI 53703


By Tom Jones, Michael Schmudlach, Matthew Daniel Mason, Amy Lonetree, and George A. Greendeer, Foreword by Truman Lowe
Hardcover: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-87020-476-0
288 pages, 330 duotone photos, 8.5 x 11


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Poetry Reading in Madison

Wisconsin poets Robin Chapman and Jeanie Tomasko will read from their books at Avol’s Book Shop in Madioson on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

Robin’s new book of poetry is the eelgrass meadow (Tebot Bach). Jeanie is author of  Tricks of Light (Parallel Press).

Avol is at 315 W. Gorham St., Madison 53703.

Good listening, great reflecting, perhsps finding a fun buy on a late fall Sunday afternoon.

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Reader Appreciation, Indeed!

Folks in Southeast Wisconsin–or who don’t mind driving there from other parts of the state — might be interested in what sounds like a blowout of a luncheon, called “Barbara Vey’s Readers Appreciation” on April 10 in Oak Creek.

New York Times bestseller author Heather Graham is headlining the event being hosted by Barbara Vey, who writes the Publisher’s Weekly blog, “Beyond Her Book”. A bunch of other best-selling authors including some, such as my Sisters In Crime sib Deb Baker, who live in Wisconsin are among the 38 writers who will be on hand to chat with attendees and sign books.

Barbara describes the luncheon as “filled with fun, gift bags full of books and door prizes.” The venue is Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 South Howell, Oak Creek, with activities kicking off at 10:30 a.m. with a Meet & Greet. All for just $35. Wow!

Details are at

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Short Story & Poetry Contest

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Director of Communications and Wisconsin People & Ideas ditor Jason A. Smith sends about the following short story and poetry contest:

Enter your poems and short stories in these annual contests, which are open to all Wisconsin residents and students until December 15, and you could win up to $500, a reading at the 2012 Wisconsin Book Festival, and other prizes along with publication in the award-winning Wisconsin People & Ideas. For more information and complete contest rules, visit <> .

Like the Council for Wisconsin Awards program, the Wisconsin Academy awards includes a writing residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point.

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Wisconsin screen writer’s script optioned

Neal Radke of Cudahy has optioned his screenplay, Woman on the Run, to Nasser Entertainment in Hollywood. Nasser makes movies for the Lifetime network, as well as feature films, and often actually produces screenplays the company options into movies. As many a screen writer can attest, a script optioned is not always a movie made.

We’ll keep all eyes and ears open for the next good-news announcement from Neal about his script.

Good luck, Neal!

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Wisconsin writer tackles anti-German sentiment

I love learning how writers find the subjects they write about and the inspiration that spurs them on. Wisconsinite Stephanie Golightly Lowden reveals that and more in an interview with Wisconsin State Journal‘s Doug Moe about her new book, Jingo Fever. This is Stephanie’s third novel for young readers. It focuses on pretty rampant anti-German sentiment and bigotry in Wisconsin during World War I. Here’s the link to Moe’s story:


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Book Fest in Mineral Point

Got word over the weekend about a book festival this coming Saturday (Wisconsin’s literary answer to black Friday?) in the southwestern part of the state — Mineral Point, to be exact. Here are the details:
The first SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN AUTHOR AND POET BOOK FESTIVAL will be held in Mineral Point, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 203 High Street (the old bank building across from the Ben Franklin Store). Meet and greet 30 local authors and poets, and talk to them about their books. For a complete list of authors and titles or

The SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN AUTHOR AND POET BOOK FESTIVAL is co-sponsored by Foundry Books and Little Creek Press. For more information please phone either 608.987.4363 or 608.987.3370 or email or

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