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Wisconsin Writers Abound in 100 Summer Reads

Congratulations to Council for Wisconsin Writers’ 2010 Kingery/Derleth Book-Length Nonfiction Award winner Ann Angel for making yesterday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s 100 Books for Your Summer Reading List for her new book, Things I’ll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves, published by Candlewick Press. Ann not only edited this volume of fictional stories for young adults, she contributed a story as did her fellow Wisconsite and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators member Emily Kokie. To find her listing, click on the link above or go to http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/books/100-books-for-your-summer-reading-list-b99487141z1-305465031.html. Scroll down to the last catagory, BOOKS FOR CHILDREN and TEENS.  Things I’ll Never Say is the last entry.

Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories by CWW board member Jennifer Morales is included in the category of BOOKS BY WISCONSIN WRITERS.  Meet Me Halfway is published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Morales accompanied her recent book tour with fascinating blog posts that include reactions to and conversations prompted by her sitting in open spaces with a large sign that read,  “Please Talk With Me About Race.” Her blog is at http://moraleswrites.com/blog/.

CWW’s 2014 recipient of an Zona Gale Short Fiction honorable mention, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor Liam Callanan for his “Exhibit A” story, is also listed in the BOOKS BY WISCONSIN WRITERS category. His Listen & Other Stories is published by Four Way Books.

Other books in the category of Books by Wisconsin Writers are:

Beneath the Bonfire: Stories (Thomas Dunne Books), by Nickolas Butler.

Bike Battles: A History of Sharing The American Road (University of Washington Press), by University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, historian James Longhurst.

Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land (Bloomsbury), by Sandy Tolan.

Imaginary Things (Astor + Blue), by University of Wisconsin-Waukesha instructor Andrea Lochen.

The Jesus Cow: A Novel (Harper), by Michael Perry.

Long Black Curl (Tor), by Alex Bledsoe.

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker (Random House), by president of Green Bay’s St. Norbert College Thomas Kunkel.

The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods (Wisconsin Historical Society Press), by Ron Legro and Avi Lank.

Rise From the River (Main Street Rag), by Kathie Giorgio.

They Are All My Family (PublicAffairs), by John P. Riordan with Monique Brinson Demery.

The literary talent in this state is astounding!

Read more about CWW award winners at www.wiswriters.org/year.htm.



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The Value of Writers Conferences

In advance of The Writ­ers’ Insti­tute’s April 4–6 conference, this link, http://news.continuingstudies.wisc.edu/, was posted on Continuum, a University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies site. The post lists the benefits of attending writers conferences and pub­lish­ing experts, lit­er­ary agents, edi­tors, and authors such as Michael Perry, Jacque­lyn Mitchard, Nathan Brans­ford, Dale Kush­ner, Lori DeVoti, and Kathie Fong Yoneda who are scheduled to speak at this year’s event.

More information about The Writers’ Institute and the April 4-6 conference is at  http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/conferences/writers-institute/index.html?source=uwwritersinstitute.org.

For information about the Council for Wisconsin Writers, please visit http://www.wiswriters.org.

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Bestselling Author Speaking Tonight in Elkhorn


Michael Perry, a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin, will speak tonight at the Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free.  Here’s a link to the Janesville Gazette story:


Here’s a link to Perry’s website:


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Wisconson Author featured on TTBOOK

“Michael Perry is proud to be a Wisconsin writer.  Even with a few bestsellers under his belt, Perry chooses to live and write in his hometown, New  Auburn, Wisconsin.  He writes with humor and grace about his life there in the books, “Population: 485,” and “Truck: A Love Story.”  So, what’s life like, as a writer from the Midwest?”

That’s the lead-in to an interview this past weekend on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To The Best Of Our Knowledge” with New Auburn resident Michael Perry. It was part of a program called “Kicking Off The Coasts” that looks at the rather frustrating accepted wisdom amongst New Yorkers and Angelinos that the East and West coasts are the centers of the literary and arts universe.

Here’s the link to either listen to or read the transcript of the archived segment:


Please visit the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at www.wiswriters.org


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