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: kristin.gilpatrick@wisconsinhistory.org.


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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 Email:custserv@press.uchicago.edu
For individual orders: Order by phone toll free at 888-999-1669, shop online athttp://www.wisconsinhistory.org/shop, 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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