Monthly Archives: August 2013

Wisconsin Poets Launch Their Book

For poetry lovers:

Book Launch for Cathryn Cofell & Moisés Barras

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Mystery Meeting for Writers Seeking Tips

Mystery writers and would-be mystery writers can join the Wisconsin chapter of Sisters in Crime (brothers also welcome!) at its next meeting. It’s scheduled for Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Madison bookstore, Mystery to Me, 1863 Monroe St . Here’s a notice from Crime Sister Gale Borger:

“Mystery to Me” has been gracious enough to allow us to have our next meeting at the store. It will be November 16th at 1:00 pm.
> We are talking about trouble spots. Are you stuck on a query? Is your query strong enough? Is the opening of your book powerful? Is your synopsis complete enough? Have you started on your back cover? What about your bio? The list goes on and on.
> Seemingly small glitches can stop you dead in your tracks, but who do you turn to? Why, your Sisters, naturally.
> We are going live. Bring in something you are working on. Everyone has something on which they’d like an opinion. Whether it’s one sentence or a couple paragraphs, please bring with you, something you believe might need tweaking.
> We will share, hash it out, and just maybe come up with the perfect words-words you have been looking for, perhaps a new direction to take.

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Information and contacts for CWW is at

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A Memoir of Department Stores of Old

Something for Everyone: Memories of Lauerman Brothers Department Store is new from the Wisconsin Historical Press:

“‘Something for Everyone’ tells the larger story of the golden age of department stores in the United States and transports readers back to their own favorite shopping destinations,” says the WHS release about the book. Just reading that transported me back to the two giants, Thalhimers and Miller & Rhodes, in my native city of Richmond, Virginia, so I can only imagine what the book would do.

While you’re browsing the Internet, please stop by the CWW website,

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Real Patch Adams Featured at Edgerton Book Festival

Gesundheit! doesn’t mean God bless you. The accurate German translation is Good Health!

And actor Robin Williams isn’t doctor/clown/author Patch Adams, even though Robins portrayed Adams in the movie of that name.

The real Adams will be featured along with “the strange and unusual” aficionado Chad Lewis and several other renowned authors at the Edgerton Sterling North Book and Film Festival, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Edgerton High School, 200 Elm High Drive Edgerton, 53534.

The event, funded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, will include presentation of the Sterling North Literary Legacy Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature.

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Milwaukee Author/Illustrator to be Featured at Janesville Garden Event

Celebrated Milwaukee children’s book author and illustrator Lois Ehlert, winner of a Caldecott Honor Book award and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year award for two of her many books will be featured at Janesville's Rotary Botanical Gardens' Super Kids program scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The event will highlight Lois's book, Planting a Rainbow. The event goes from 1-4 and includes a garden/story walk with Lois signing books from 1:30-2:30. The Rotary Botanical Gardens is at 1455 Palmer Dr. in  Janesville.

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End of Summer Poetry Activities

Cathryn Cofell with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets sends the following reminder and update of Wisconsin poetry happenings.

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Cafe in Appleton (233 E. College Ave) on the third Monday of most months.  Each evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with the featured reader(s), followed by an open mic open to anyone who wishes to read 1-2 poems.

Monday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. – Carolyn Vargo and Ed Werstein

 Carolyn Vargo is a Regional Vice President for WFOP, a substitute teacher in West Allis – West Milwaukee, a retired teacher from Milwaukee Public Schools, an organizer of readings at People’s Book Cooperative, teacher of the Urban Echo Poets at the Urban Ecology Center, a bird watcher and a grandmother.

Ed Werstein, Milwaukee, WI, spent 22 years in manufacturing and union activity before his muse awoke and dragged herself out of bed. His sympathies lie with poor and working people. He advocates for peace and against corporate power. His poetry has appeared in Verse Wisconsin, Blue Collar Review, Stoneboat, Mobius: the Journal of Social Change, and other publications.  His first book has just been accepted by Blue Collar Review.



Sept 16          Karla Huston and Rusty McKenzie

Oct 21            The Electric Squirrels: Maryann Hurtt, Marilyn Windau, Georgia Ressmeyer

 Nov 18           Sharon Auberle and Rolf Olson                 



AUG 14 (WEDNESDAY) DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES RICHARD E. CARTER & CAROLYN KENNEY-CARTER: On the second Wednesday of every month the Dickinson Poetry Series features a reading by a local or regional poet followed by an open mic and reception. The public is welcome, and admission is free.  7:00 p.m. at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim.  For more information visit or call 920.854.7559.

 AUG 27 (TUESDAY), APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES GEORGIA RESSMEYER:  The reading takes place at 6:30 pm at Apple Blossom Books, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh.   An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.   Twice a winner of grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Georgia has published fiction, numerous poems, and a poetry chapbook, Today I Threw My Watch Away (Finishing Line Press, 2010).  Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.

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Rhodes’ New Book “Jewelweed” Gets Reviewed

I didn’t read Wisconsin author David Rhodes’ novel Driftless, but I heard it read on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Chapter a Day”, so I was interested in this review of Rhodes’ newest book, Jewelweed. Here’s a link to the review posted on Peninsula Pulse, billed as a resource for Door County arts, new and entertainment.


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