Monthly Archives: August 2015

A Couple of Book Launches Coming Up

Here are announcements from Wisconsin’s children’s authors about launches for their new  books:
Pat Schmatz
My book birthday for Lizard Radio is September 8, and the launch party will be at Addendum Books in St. Paul on September 18. Here’s the FB link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/414449535412991/  
See Pat’s website at http://www.patschmatz.com/ for information about this and Pat’s other books.
 Debbie Hembrook and Kate Heling
CLOTHESLINE CLUES TO SPORTS PEOPLE PLAY is the companion book to CLOTHESLINE CLUES TO JOBS PEOPLE DOWe will be having a launch party on September 4th 6:30 – 8:00 at Martha Merrell’s Books in Waukesha, WI.
Here’s where to learn more about Debbie and Kate’s “Clothesline Clues” and other books at http://www.helinghembrook.com/Books/index.html.
 The Council for Wisconsin Writers at www.wiswriters.org  is a non-profit, tax-exempt, membership organization dedicated to promoting local, state, and national awareness of Wisconsin’s great literary heritage and to encourage excellence among today’s Wisconsin writers.
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CWW Board Member Among Poets Reading at State Book Festival

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters invites members of the public to join them at the 2015 Wisconsin Book Festival for a reading featuring the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction and Poetry Contest winners. Fiction readers include: Nikki Kallio (Hortonville), Erica Kanesaka Kalnay (Madison), and Kathryn Gahl (Appleton). Poetry readers include Council for Wisconsin Writers board member Lisa Vihos (Sheboygan), Sean Avery (Madison), and Kathleen Dale (Milwaukee).

More information about this event and the Academy’s quarterly magazine, Wisconsin People & Ideas‘s annual writing contests is at www.wisconsinacademy.org/events/wisconsin-people-ideas-2015-fiction-and-poetry-contest-reading#sthash.Nm1AsxSj.dpuf

Information about the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ annual contests, which will be open for entries from Nov. 1-Jan. 31, is at www.wiswriters.org.

The Council for Wisconsin Writers is a non-profit, tax-exempt, membership organization dedicated to promoting local, state, and national awareness of Wisconsin’s great literary heritage and to encourage excellence among today’s Wisconsin writers.

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“Fudge” Series Author in Door County

For all interested mystery writers — or any writers who might be in the northeast corner of Wisconsin on Sunday and would like to meet and talk writing with an oft-published writer, here’s a note from Christine DeSmet, author of The Fudge Shop Mysteries series (set in Door County):

“I was invited to the Namur kermis in Door County this Sunday, Aug. 30. I’ll be selling books and available to anyone who wants to talk about writing a series or novel writing or screenwriting.

Please stop by if you’re in the area.

A kermis (also kermiss) is a Belgian harvest festival and there are several in Door, Kewaunee, and Brown Counties in the fall.

The kermis features lots of good Belgian food including booyah, Belgian pies, and ice cream made with a John Deere tractor.

Live music by the Mad Cats.

It’s 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Belgian Heritage Center in Namur, 1255 Hwy. DK, and just west of Brussels.

The Center grounds include a historic church called St. Mary of the Snows, a large historic rural school that was once run by nuns who lived upstairs, a roadside chapel, and a historic collection of gravestones.

It’s a living museum and all of it is featured in my latest Fudge Shop Mystery series novel,Five-Alarm Fudge (Penguin Random House). I did extensive research and interviews with the Belgian Foundation members there and got the tour of everything when I was working on the book. You can walk in the footsteps of my characters and see where the murder took place. And of course you have to figure out how it was done!”

You can visit Christine at her website, https://christinedesmet.wordpress.com/

Also, please drop by the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at www.wiswriters.org.

The Council for Wisconsin Writers is a non-profit, tax-exempt, membership organization dedicated to promoting local, state, and national awareness of Wisconsin’s great literary heritage and to encourage excellence among today’s Wisconsin writers. Please visit us at http://www.wiswriters.org.

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Polka Gets Booked

Here’s news from Wisconsin Historical Society Press:

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 New Book Rolls out a Barrel Full of Polka History

Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press rolls out a barrel full of polka history and culture in a new book by polka radio host and folk music historian Richard March, Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka.

From polka’s surprising origins as a cutting-edge European fad, to an exploration of the modern-day polka scene, “Polka Heartland” captures the beat that pulses in the heart of Midwestern culture, and offers up the fascinating history of how “oompah-pah” came to be the sound of middle America.

This history unites the dazzling images of photographer Dick Blau with the author’s cultural backstory to explain the polka phenomenon that plays out at Wisconsin wedding receptions, crowded festival dance tents, and off-the-grid Mexican dances. March explores the people, places, and history behind the Midwest’s favorite music and describes some of the venues, instruments, and music-makers who have been pivotal to polka’s popularity. Blau’s six full-color galleries color March’s prose with a vivacity sure to send readers’ toes tapping out on to the dance floor.

This joyful romp through the beloved and richly storied genre of polka music is also available as an e-book.

For more information, contact:

Kristin Gilpatrick, Marketing Manager
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
kristin.gilpatrick@wisconsinhistory.org
608-264-6465

The Council for Wisconsin Writers is a non-profit, tax-exempt, membership organization dedicated to promoting local, state, and national awareness of Wisconsin’s great literary heritage and to encourage excellence among today’s Wisconsin writers. Please visit us at http://www.wiswriters.org.

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CWW Contest Winners to Read at WI Book Fete

“2015 COUNCIL FOR WISCONSIN WRITERS WINNERS READING” That’s the heading of a blurb in this year’s Wisconsin Book Festival announcement. Among this year’s CWW winners were:

 Edna Ferber Fiction Book AwardChloe Krug Benjamin,

Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book AwardJohn Hildebrand,,

Edna Meudt Poetry Book AwardSean Bishop,

Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature AwardBridget Birdsall,

Zona Gale Award for Short FictionMargaret Benbow,

Kay W. Levin Award for Short NonfictionCatherine Jagoe,

Lorine Niedecker Poetry AwardCathryn Cofell,

Essay Award for Young Writers-  Kade Bryand

Here’s the link to the announcement:  http://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org/events/2015-council-wisconsin-writers-winners-reading

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Wisconsin Picture Book Makes List of Favorites

Picture book author Julie Hedlund, who founded the 12×12 Challenge (a challenge to write 12 complete picture-book drafts in one year — one each month for 12 months), has created a list of her favorite picture books published in the past year, many created by 12×12 members. Wisconsin’s own Miranda Paul‘s One Plastic Bag is first on Julie’s list. The trending hashtag prompting Julie’s list is #pb10for10.

Here’s the link to Julie’s blog post with her list: http://www.juliehedlund.com/picture-books-10-for-10-2/

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Children’s Authors Share Good News

Silva Acevedo was interviewed recently by Tim Knox on his Interviewing Authors podcast, during which he called Silvia’s YA novel, God Awful Loser, one of his favorite books. Silvia reports that Knox said her book “kept me laughing the entire time.” The interview is archived at http://interviewingauthors.com/silvia-acevedo-tv-journalist-great-time-god-love/
Julie Bowie‘s new middle-grade series, Victoria Torres, Unfortunately Average, debuted on Aug.1. The first four books are being released simultaneously in this ongoing project. Julie says she has “so enjoyed writing the stories and working with the fantastic folks at Capstone capstonepub.com.”
More information about the series and Julie’s other books is available at her website at juliebowe.com and on her Facebook page.
Debbie Hembrook and Kate Heling are celebrating the birth date of their new book out. Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play debuted on Aug. 4. This is a companion book to their Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do.

 
Their launch party is scheduled for Sept. 4 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Martha Merrell’s Books in Waukesha, WI.

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