Monthly Archives: October 2014

A Boon for Wisconsin Historians, Researchers, Writers & Genealogists

This will be such a boon!

“The Guide to the Draper Manuscripts” is the latest Society Press book released in e-book format as the Society Press works to publish electronic editions of not only its new releases but also its most popular backlist titles.

Here’s the Wisconsin historical Society’s full news release:

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For Immediate Release

October 2014

Kristin Gilpatrick, Marketing Manager
Wisconsin Historical Society Press


Society releases “The Guide to the Draper Manuscripts” E-book
For generations, genealogists and researchers alike have turned to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Draper Manuscripts to find the historical “needles” gathered into library stacks by the Society’s first director, Lyman C. Draper. The full collection comprises nearly 500 volumes of records, including military and government records, Draper’s own research notes, and rare personal letters that offer a wealth of genealogical gems as well as details on the social, economic and cultural conditions experienced by our frontier forebearers. The collection also includes the Daniel Boone papers and the papers of Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark.
The key to researching this vast collection has long been a 492-page index – The Guide to the Draper Manuscripts by Josephine H. Harper – that was first published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in 1983. “The Guide” lists thousands of names and directs seekers to what they hope to find within the massive Draper Manuscripts.
Until recently, “The Guide” has been available only in print form or on microfilm in libraries across the United States. This fall, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press published the popular guide as an e-book, now available to be ordered from a wide variety of e-book vendors including Kindle, Nook, Google Play, Kobo, and iBooks.
“The Guide to the Draper Manuscripts” is the latest Society Press book released in e-book format as the Society Press works to publish electronic editions of not only its new releases but also its most popular backlist titles.
A printed version of The Guide to the Draper Manuscripts remains available. (Microfilm copies at local libraries remain available as well.) To order a printed copy, visit The Society Press Web Site or call the Wisconsin Historical Museum Shop at (608) 264-6555.


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New YA Novel to Debut

Lawrence Tabak says he is planning a book launch for his YA novel, In Real Life (Tuttle, official release November 11), Sunday, November 9 at Madison’s Barnes & Noble West at 2 p.m.

Here is the link for a summary of the book:

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CWW Poetry Winner Earns Another Award

Amaud Jamaul Johnson, winner of Council for Wisconsin Writers’ 2013 Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award can add another recognition to his list awards.  The Tupelo Press has announced that Johnson is the recipient of its prestigious 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for poetry for his collection Darktown Follies. Here’s the Tupelo Press news release.
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Our warmest congratulations to Amaud Jamaul Johnson, whose new collection Darktown Follies

received the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for poetry on Friday at the Carnegie Library in Northwest Washington.
The judges found that the poems in “Darktown Follies” laid bare “the difficult terrain of the false images” created “by black face in Vaudeville.” Johnson’s collection, “crafts a manuscript which balances the false and ugly with the beauty and truths of the black lies that exist beneath the gaze.”
The Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation, which is based in Washington, was founded in 1990 with a mission to ensure the survival of black writers and literature by black writers.
Here at Tupelo Press, we couldn’t be more pleased or thankful to see Amaud’s dazzling work receive this important and enduring distinction. It’s a brave and brilliant book, and we feel honored to have had the gift of publishing it.
Tupelo Press, Books in Print for 15 Years

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UWEC to Honor Works of Nigerian-Born Professor

UW-Eau Claire is hosting a celebration of its award-winning professor and playwright Tess Onwueme in recognition of “her exceptional achievements and contributions to World Literature/Drama, the University of Wisconsin system, the Africana, and the world at large,” according to a statement from the office of the university chancellor. Here’s a link to an article in the Nigerian Tribune:

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Poets to Hold Open Mic in Milwaukee

Poets Monday, Oct. 13, at Linneman’s, 1001 E. Locust St., Milwaukee, continues its uninterrupted run of excellent featured readers and open mike opportunities every Monday. Doors open at 7:30. Open mike at 8 pm. Featured reader at 9 pm. $3 cover charge. Upcoming featured readers:
October 13 Ed Werstein
October 20 Nikki Wallschlaeger
October 27 Joann Chang

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Author Todd Cox Reads On

Wisconsin writer Todd Cox sends the following news about his next reading:

When: Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Sue Ames Room

Meet Wisconsin author Todd Cox on November 6 at 7 pm at the Oregon Public Library, 256 Brook St, Oregon, WI 53575.  Todd will discuss his current work, how he writes and will read from his latest project.  A book signing will follow this event.

Todd Michael Cox is the author of the novels After the Death of the Ice Cream Man and Dizzlemuck: Love in the Time of Wee Folk. He was born and raised in northern Wisconsin, and received a degree in creative writing from UW-Oshkosh.  A lover of wildlife and wild places, he has been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio, where he talked about his blog, Wisconsin Unhuggables, and is the founder of the Snake Anti-Defamation League.

He plays several instruments, and his spoken-word project Ripe For Shaking has been included on ATTOHO (After They Tore Our Heads Off), a CD compilation from the Journal of Experimental Fiction.  He lives in Madison, WI.

Coffee and cookies will be served.

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Yet ANOTHER Book By a Wisconsin Sister in Crime

 “A gorgeous setting, a determined amateur sleuth who isn’t stupid, a hint of romance. Reed knows her way to a winning mystery.” ~ Lesa’s Book Critiques

National bestselling author Hannah Reed brings mystery lovers the first in a brand-new series, in which a young writer finds herself swept up in a murder amidst the glens and lochs of the Scottish Highlands…
After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, thirty-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, bestselling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own.
But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama…
The town’s sheep shearer is found murdered—clipped with his own shears—and the locals suspect Vicki MacBride, an outsider whose father’s recent death left her the surprise heir to his lucrative sheep farm. Eden refuses to believe the affable heiress is a murderer, but can she prove that someone is out to frame her new friend before she finds herself on the receiving end of more shear terror?

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