Monthly Archives: September 2013

New Elbe Book of Poetry Out

Susan Elbe announces that her new book of poetry, The Map of What Happened, which won The Backwaters Press Prize for 2012, is just out.  The book is available at Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/kfshq86Or it can be purchased from Susan via her web site:  http://www.susanelbe.com/Susan_books.htm.

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A Rousing Review

This post is about a little news of the blogger’s own.

New York County Lawyers’ Association review of my book Anatomy of a Trial  which received a CWW honorable mention for book length non-fiction in 2009, pretty much blew me away.

The reviewer, Laura Hogan, is a NYCLA Appellate Courts and Law and Literature Committee Member and the Principal Law Clerk to an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department.

Her review covers a lot of territory, but the last paragraph is about the highest compliment an author could hope for:

“Hayslett’s narrative voice is strong, assuring that readers’ attention doesn’t flag throughout. Although she isn’t afraid to be opinionated about the events surrounding the trial and about the players that assured it would become a notable event in the history of the United States justice system, Hayslett’s book nonetheless presents an evenhanded view not only of the Simpson trial, but of the policy arguments both for and against cameras in the courtroom.”

The review is at http://nycla.informz.net/admin31/content/template.asp?sid=32565&ptid=665&brandid=3317&uid=777201456&mi=2626984&ps=32565.

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Press Teams Up With Schools to Create Books

Andrea Skyberg announces a program, “Creating Books in Collaboration,”  scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27,  at Boswell Books at 7 p.m. at Boswell Books in Milwaukee.  Here are the details:

The books of Andrea Skyberg and M.W. Greer, the husband-and-wife team behind Wooden Nickel Press, feature artwork created in collaboration with students from Wisconsin schools. In addition to Skyberg’s latest endeavor, CommuniTree, they will be presenting and launching Greer’s new mid-grade novel, The Eyes of India, and sharing stories of their collaborative processes. Schools, and other authors and artists, will discover ways to explore collaborations of their own. Artwork created for the book will be on display, including large-scale pieces such as Greer’s illustrative design five-foot elephant and Skyberg’s five foot-by-eight foot animal fabric murals.

Boswell Books is at:
2559 N. Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Telephone: (414) 332-1181

More information about the program is at http://www.andreaskyberg.com or http://www.mwgreer.com.
More information about and for Wisconsin writers is at http://www.wiswriters.org.

 

 

 

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Quiet Winters Theme of New Apps Book

Prolific Wisconsin writer and oft-CWW Award winner Jerry Apps has done it again. Published a new book. The Wisconsin Historical Society announced publication of The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters in a news release, which says, in part:

“Celebrated rural historian, Jerry Apps, recalls the sights, sounds, sentiments-and yes chill-of winters on the farm in his newest Wisconsin Historical Society Press book The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters (Hardcover: $22.95; ISBN: 978-0-87020-607-8). He shares stories growing up and keeping warm on a farm in central Wisconsin in the 1930s and early ’40s. His memories are of a “quieter season­” – a winter world before electricity when farmers milked cows by hand by the light of a kerosene lantern. It was an era when a major part of every winter’s work was “making wood” to heat drafty farm homes and rural country schools and when a lack of indoor plumbing meant every morning began with a rousingly-cold dash to an outhouse.”

The book can be purchased for $22 by:

  • Calling toll free at 888-999-1669,
  • Shopping online at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/shop, or
  • Dropping by the Wisconsin Historical Museum Shop, 30 N. Carroll St., Madison WI 53703.

Scheduled book events the WHS included in its release are listed below.

The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters

  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 – Book Launch & Documentary Screening

Time: 7 pm
Location: Rock Garden Supper Club, Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Friends of the Brown County Library have teamed with Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin Historical Society Press to host a special celebration of author Jerry Apps’s newest book “The Quiet Season” with a sneak preview of the WPT documentary based on the book “A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps.” This ticketed dinner and book event will include a discussion of the documentary and book. A book signing will follow. Tickets are $16 each; reservations are required. Contact the library at 920-448-5806.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 – Book Launch & Documentary Screening

Time: 6 pm
Location: UW Library auditorium, Library Mall, Madison, Wisconsin. The Friends of the UW Library host a celebration of author Jerry Apps’s newest book “The Quiet Season” with a sneak preview of the WPT documentary based on the book “A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps.” Apps will lead the event and share stories of rural winters. A book signing will follow.

  • Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 – Book Reception & Signing

Time: 4 – 6 pm

Location: The Clearing, Egg Harbor, Door County, Wisconsin. The Clearing hosts a book reception and signing for celebrated rural historian Jerry Apps who will be signing copies of his newest Wisconsin Historical Society Press book “The Quiet Season,” among many others.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 – Book Talk & Signing

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Oakwood Retirement Center, Madison, Wisconsin. Join Jerry Apps as he shares stories from his new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book “The Quiet Season.” A book signing will follow.

  •  Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 – Book Talk & Signing

Time: 2 pm
Location: Books and Company, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Join Jerry Apps as he shares stories from his new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book “The Quiet Season.” A book signing will follow.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 – Hometown Book Party & Special Screening

Time: 7 pm
Location: Wild Rose High School Auditorium, Wild Rose, Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Television and the Wild Rose Public Library are cohosting a special premiere of their new documentary “A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps” in the author’s home town. The event will include a sneak preview of the show and Jerry Apps will share stories of Wisconsin winters from his Wisconsin Historical Society Press book “The Quiet Season,” upon which the book is based. A book signing will follow.

  • Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 – Book Event 

Time: 7 pm
Location: Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison. Author Jerry Apps shares winter farm stories from his new book “The Quiet Season.” A sneak preview of the Wisconsin Public Television documentary based upon the book, “A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps,” will also be shown. A book signing will follow.

  •  Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 – Book Talk & Signing

Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Location: Velveteen Rabbit Book Store, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Join Jerry Apps as he shares stories from his newest Wisconsin Historical Society Press books “Limping through Life: A Farm Boy’s Polio Memoir” and “The Quiet Season.” A book signing will follow.

  • Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 – Book Talk & Signing

Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Location: Fireside Books, West Bend, Wisconsin. Join Jerry Apps as he shares stories from his newest Wisconsin Historical Society Press books “Limping through Life: A Farm Boy’s Polio Memoir” and “The Quiet Season.” A book signing will follow.

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Who Are We, Indeed?

Wisconsin poet and working-folks advocate Ed Werstein explores that profound question in a collection of his work in Who Are We Then? published last month by Partisan Press.  Order information is at the “Partisan Press Books” link on the website, www.partisanpress.org. The site also includes a “Blue Collar Journal” review at the “Commentary & Blog” link (scroll down to the “Who Are We Then” subhead).

Books can also be purchased from Ed for $12, which includes postage, by contacting him at wersted@gmail.com.

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WI Sciences, Arts, Letters Academy Contest Opens

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters’ 2014 Poetry and Fiction contests are open for entries until Dec. 15, 2013. Details are at the Academy’s website at http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/content/writing-contests.

For more information for and about Wisconsin writers, please visit the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at http://www.wiswriters.org.

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Digital Researcher Wants to Hear From Self-Published Authors

Kelly Hiser, with the Madison Public Library as a Digital Publishing Research Fellow for the next nine months as the MPL explores a variety of potential digital projects,says the Madison Public Library is in the early planning stages of a variety of digital publishing projects. She would like to hear from self-published authors about their experience with and opinions about self-publishing, including the types of programming and services they have found to be the most useful and valuable. Kelly’s email address is kellyhisermpl@gmail.com.

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