Monthly Archives: August 2014

Wisconsin Professor Pens Midwestern Almanac

Here’s the Wisconsin Historical Society Press’s News Release about UW-Eau Clair English Professor John Hildebrand’s new book, The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac:

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For Immediate Release  

The Heart of Things: A Midwestern AlmanacAUGUST 2014

Kristin Gilpatrick, Marketing Manager
Wisconsin Historical Society Press



I’ve never believed that living in one place means being one thing all the time, condemned like Minnie Pearl

to wear the same hat for every performance.

Life is more complicated than that.”

John Hildebrand

Author Writes from “The Heart of Things,” Midwestern Style


In his remarkable book of days, The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac, author John Hildebrand  reports the drama and humor of ordinary life events – from church suppers to garden compost and from Friday night football games to roadside memorials – in a collection that both shares the countryside perspective on life and defines the Midwestern sense of place.


In his first book with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, the former Wisconsin Trails magazine columnist charts his home, town, and neighbors through changing months and common experiences. Intertwining seasons bring surprises and challenges, but they consist of the things that matter most in Hildebrand’s opinion of Midwest life: weather, animals, family, and home.


Hildebrand writes from his heart, rooted in his home range in northwestern Wisconsin, in this honest portrayal of what it means to live in the Midwest, boiled down to the smallest of details. He explains that “this isn’t a journal of any particular year, not a report of events as they occurred, but a record of things that grew in reflection over time.”


New York Times bestselling author Lorrie Moore (“A Gate at the Stairs” and “Bark”) declares that Hildebrand’s observations “demonstrate what it means to pick a world and become a citizen of it.”


“The Heart of Things” is rich with observations about the ‘good life’ that awaits in the Midwest. An e-book edition is also available.
Media: For a review copy of “The Heart of Things,”to interview the author, or for more information, please contact Kristin Gilpatrick, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706; 608-264-6465; email:


The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing the best of

Wisconsin history and culture, since 1855


About the Editor:
John Hildebrand is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is the author of Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon, Mapping the Farm: A Family Chronicle,and A Northern Front: New & Selected Essays, and his articles and essays have appeared inHarper’s magazine, Audubon, Sports Illustrated, Outside, The Best American Sports Writing-1999,and The Missouri Review. He has been awarded a Minnesota Book Award, Banta Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, Bush Fellowship, Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, and a Friends of American Libraries Award.


Upcoming Book Events:


Thursday, October 9 – Book Talk & Signing

7 pm

Location: McMillan Memorial Library,490 East Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids. A book signing will follow.


Tuesday, October 14 Chippewa Valley Book Festival Event

7 pm
Location: The Local Store at Volume One Headquarters, corner of Dewey and Galloway streets, downtown Eau Claire. A book signing will follow.


Thursday, October 23 – Book Talk & Signing

7 pm
Location: Mystery to Me Bookstore, 1863 Monroe Street, Madison. A book signing will follow.


Saturday, October 25 – Book Talk & Signing

2 pm

Location: Books & Company, 1309 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc. A book signing will follow.



To Order:

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
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


The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac

By John Hildebrand

Hardcover: $22.95

200 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

ISBN: 978-0-87020-672-6


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Studio Opening Cancelled

Wisconsin writer Dolores Brown issued a notice that her Happy Inu Studio Open House that was scheduled for Sept. 11 has been cancelled.

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WFOP Update

Here’s a reminder from Cathryn Cofell of upcoming WFOP events:

TUES, AUG 26, ABBY FRUCHT at the Caramel Crisp Café, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at their new time:  6:15 p.m. An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love. Abby’s new collection of stories, The Bell at the End of a Rope, was published 1 ½ years ago by Narrative Library. She is the author of five novels including SNAP, Licorice, Are You Mine?, Life Before Death, and Polly’s Ghost. Her earlier collection of stories, Fruit of the Month, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize in 1987, is now available in ebook form along with Abby’s other books as part of Dzanc Books’ rEprint series. She lives in Oshkosh but for twenty years has traveled regularly to Montpelier, Vermont, where she teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program. An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.   Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee!  For more information, contact Kay Sanders at or Mandi Isaacson at

THURS, AUG 28 6-8 PM, READER’S LOFT IN GREEN BAY:  ​ Nathan Reid​, ​Phil Hansotia  & Ralph Murre​2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay.   Welcome All! Open to the Public. Open Mic will follow the featured readings.  Wine, water, coffee, light finger food available.  Call 920-406-0200 or email for more information.

On deck for future readings at the Reader’s Loft:

SEPTEMBER 25 (Thurs.)

Robert Vaughan

Cathryn Cofell

Marilyn Windau

TUES, SEPT 2:  The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in partnership with Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts begins its 10th season of readings on a new date each month, with the first for this season on Tuesday, September 2nd 2014Poet Edward Schultz reads at 7 pm, accompanied by avant-garde jazz, duo Frank Wildingway, stand-up bass, and clarinetist Robert Perry.

 Edward Schultz is founding President of the Driftless Writing Center, Inc., Viroqua, WI. and current board member of Council for Wisconsin Writers. His writing has appeared in dozens of literary journals and anthologies; Atlanta Review, Chronogram, Rosebud, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Willow Review and has received a Contributing Editor’s Pushcart Nomination for his poetry. He has acted as preliminary judge for the Wisconsin People’s & Ideas Magazine poetry contest. Edward works as writing coach, mentor, and facilitates reading and writing workshops.  The reading is free and open to the public with an open mic following the featured reader. All readings take place on the first Tuesday of the month, September through May.  For more information contact Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts or

SAT, SEPT 6, THE BAY AREA SPOKEN WORD POETRY NIGHT FEATURES MARYBETH MATTSON:  Help Barnes & Noble, Stadium District, Green Bay kick off spoken word poetry nights on the first Saturday of each month, 7:00 p.m.  Open to all ages and experience levels, with a special focus on youth, young adults and children. Try your hand at spoken word poetry and get tips from experts!  Singer/songwriter Marybeth Mattson first took to the stage as a performance poet in college. Moving home to Door County after completing college, Marybeth began singing with her mother (folk musician Jeanne Kuhns) before beginning to write and perform her own songs, solo at first, and later with Seth Raddatz. With lyrics that are both poetic and deliberate, Marybeth offers a new twist on the folk genre as she enchants listeners with level and lovely vocals.

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More Late August News

Arcadia Books in Spring Green features authors at its store at 102 E Jefferson Street just about every Sunday at 2 p.m.

Here’s what’s scheduled for the last two Sunday’s in August, plus a couple of extras:

Sunday August 24, 2 p.m.
Larry Watson, author of Let Him Go, new in paperback

Sunday August 24, 4 p.m.
June Melby, author of My Family and Other Hazards

Monday August 25, 7 p.m.
Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members

Sunday August 31, 2 p.m.
Tom McKay author of West Fork

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A Sister in Crime’s August News

This is a little late, but there are still 10 days left in August, so not too late for this news from Wisconsin writer Karen Weisner. Here it is in her own words:

[For the month of August], I’m the featured author at Writers Exchange E-Publishing with a brand-new interview on the blog:

During the month of August, a whole slew of my books will be released in electronic formats and all of my current titles (other than shorts) will b e available at a 20% discount from the publisher. The first new release is the reissue of multi-award winning BABY, BABY, Book 1 of the Family Heirlooms Series. Find out more about the release as well as the 20% sale here:

BABY, BABY is also available in paperback:

Visit my website for details about all my other books in print as well.

Here are some of Karen’s other books by Karen:

Only the Lonely, Book 1: Angelfire II Quartet

Writing the Fiction Series: The Guide for Novels and Novellas

Drifter’s Heart, Book 6, A Cowboy Fever Series Novel

Clumsy Girl’s Guide to Falling in Love, Michael’s Angel, and Forever and All That Jazz, Friendship Heirlooms Series, Books 1-3

Keri is Cute Cute Cute (children’s picture book)

Bound Spirits & The Bloodmoon Curse, Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series

The Deep, Book 8, A Woodcutter’s Grim Series Novel

Cowboy Fever, Family Heirlooms, Incognito, Woodcutter’s Grim, Kaleidoscope, Adventures in Amethyst, Angelfire Trilogy, Wounded Warriors, Denim Blues Mysteries, Gypsy Road, Falcon’s Bend series’, all available now

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WI Writer Publishes Native Voices With Historical Society Press

Patty Loew’s Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin is available this fall, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

The release start with, “Relive the toils and triumphs of caring for the earth from Wisconsin’s Native American communities – and the Ojibwe philosophy that drives them – in a new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin. Author Dr. Patty Loew profiles a dozen influential members from Wisconsin’s Indian Nations each of whom employ the Ojibwe “Seventh Generation Philosophy” to make environmental decisions based upon how those decisions will impact the land for seven generations to come, some 240 years into the future.”

Here’s the link to the Press’s catalog entry:

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Children’s Writers’ Good News

Kate Heling and Debbie Hembrook prove (as though those in the children’s publishing business don’t already know) that patience is a virtue. “Way back in 2005, we sold a few things to Highlights.  We’d almost forgotten about them but these many years later, our poem YELLOW, YELLOW, YELLOW and a related craft idea of lemon-scented play clay appear in [last] month’s Highlights. ”

Dori Chaconas reports that Viking Children’s Books has contracted to publish a Cork and Fuzz picture book to celebrate the tenth book and tenth year of the Cork and Fuzz EZ readers. The new book is a Christmas story, Dori says, due out Fall 2015.

Miranda Paul posted the cover of her book, One Plastic Bag, due out next February with artwork done by illustrator Elizabeth Zunon. Here’s the cover.  

And here’s the link to Miranda’s blog post about the cover.

Janet Halfmann’s Animal Teachers, published by Blue Apple Books,will be out on Aug. 19. Here’s what Kirkus Reviews had to say: “Just like human children, animal babies from chicks to bear cubs learn lessons from adults around them. Spread by spread, the conversational text of this instructive title presents skills a dozen different young animals have to learn and connects them to readers . . . Nicely connecting the child to the natural world, this would be a useful opener for a unit about animas as well as a title to share with young animal lovers.”


Ann Angel, author of Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing, consulted with the U.S. Post Office on its newest Forever stamp, which features, who else? Janis Joplin It came out a few days ago.

Dolores ‘DLo’ Brown, who is also a professional photographer, has opened a studio — a first for her.  To celebrate, “DLo’ is having an open house on Sept. 11. Her Happy Inu Studios is at 1223 South 23rd Street Milwaukee, WI 53204  Happy Inu Studios is on Facebook at and on Instagram at

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