Monthly Archives: December 2012

Queen Bees for Dinner

I attended an interesting book launch party last week in which Deb Baker celebrated the debut of the fourth book, Beeline to Trouble, in her “Queen Bee” series, written under the pen name of Hannah Reed.

The event was held at Martha Merrell’s Bookstore in Waukesha and the unique aspect was a themed dinner, which included yummy dishes, such as popovers with pumpkin pie honey butter, Molly’s potato salad and honeybee bars Deb made herself from recipes included in her new book.

Good luck with your new — and all of your books — Deb, and thanks for the fun time.

The Council for Wisconsin Writers annual contests are accepting entries in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and youth-written essays until Jan. 31. Information and entry forms are at

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Three Wasn’t Enough for this Trilogy

Former Milwaukee Journal reporter and editor and former Council for Wisconsin Writers board member Paul Salsini has exceeded his own expectations.  He’s published the fourth book in his Tuscan trilogy and has plans for a fifth.

Paul talked about his recently published The Temptation of Father Lorenzo: Ten Stories of 1970s Tuscany this morning on WUWM’s Mitch Teich on Lake Effect in Milwaukee.  

"The Temptation of Father Lorenzo" picks up where Paul Salsini's "Tuscan Trilogy" left off. -

The Temptation of Father Lorenzo follows The CieloSparrow’s Revenge and Dino’s Story.

According to the blurb on WUWM’s website,  “The Cielo was inspired by Salsini’s Italian heritage and a real-life farmhouse in Tuscany. The characters from that story, which depicted the Italian resistance during World War II, stuck with Salsini, and turned into his Tuscan Trilogy, the last volume of which was published in 2010.”

The link to Paul’s Lake Effect interview is

Paul also wrote a children’s book, Stefano and the Christmas Miracles.

CWW’s annual contests are open for submissions. Entry deadline is Jan. 31. More information and entry forms are at





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Milwaukee writer on radio this a.m.

Just heard on the radio that former CWW board member Paul Salsini will be on WUWM’s Lake Effect today to talk about the fourth book in his Tuscan trilogy. The program airs at 10 a.m., so this isn’t much notice. I’ll follow up this post with another one that will have a link to the archived program. Best wishes to Paul.

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WI Author’s “Eggs 1, 2, 3” Makes Best List of NY Public Library

Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be? by South Milwaukee author Janet Halfmann has made the New York Public Library’s 2012 Children’s List of 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing.
Here’s how the judges described Janet’s book: “What hatches from eggs? Discover the answer in this counting book, riddle book, and natural-history book all in one.”
Eggs 1, 2, 3 is a lift-the-flap book for children ages 2-6. It is Illustrated by Betsy Thompson, and published by Blue Apple Books

The librarian judging committee that chose the 100 books said, “Indeed, readers can be assured that there’s no shortage of creativity in the world of storytelling. The New York Public Library’s librarians invite you to peruse these offerings and find just the right stories to put in the hands of your favorite children—complete with a strong dose of imagination and a dash of whimsy.”

Janet won CWW’s 2011 Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award for her book Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish.

Janet will be selling and signing Eggs 1, 2, 3 and her other books at the South Milwaukee Christmas Market, Sat, Dec 8, 10 am-3 pm, South Milwaukee High School, 801 15th Ave.

 More information about Janet’s books are at
Information about CWW’s 2012 contests and awards is at

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Contest Entries Deadline Nears

Jason Smith at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters sent a reminder of the Wisconsin People & Ideas poetry and literary contests. Deadline for entries is Dec. 15 — less than two weeks away. Here’s the link for details.

Please visit the Council for Wisconsin Writers website for information about its contests in poetry, fiction and nonfiction at

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