Literary Icon to Speak/Read from New Book

Prolific author and poet, and past CWW Book-Length Nonfiction contest winner, Paul Zimmer will be at The ARK, 401 East Jefferson St. in Viroqua on Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m. to read from and talk about his new novel The Mysteries of Soldiers Grove.

Bramble Bookstore and Driftless Writing Center, which are sponsoring the event, say this about Zimmer:

“Paul has published twelve books of poetry, two books of memoir, and a book of essays. His writing has been awarded eight Pushcart Prizes, three for poetry, four for prose, one for fiction, and he was twice awarded Writing Fellowships from the National Endowments for the Arts. Paul directed three ongoing university presses, Pittsburgh, Georgia and Iowa, and initiated the Flannery O’Connor Award Series for short fiction at the University of Georgia Press. Along with the Pushcarts, Paul has received numerous awards for his writing: Award for Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; five times named Notable Essay from Best Essays of the Year; and his book of poems, Great Bird of Lovewas selected for the National Poetry Series. Paul was at the atomic bomb tests, serving as a draftee in the army in 1954, and witnessed eight atomic explosions from trenches 1 to 3 miles from ground zero; a life changing experience. Paul has been a quiet neighbor here in the Driftless for over twenty-seven years. If you haven’t met him, please do.”

The event is free. While an RSVP isn’t necessary, it would be appreciated.

Books will be available for sale, cash or check only.

For more information, contact:, Jennifer Morales at (608) 675-3779, Edward Schultz at (608) 624-5155, or Bramble Books at  637-8717 or


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