Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Never Too Early to Start Planning your next hiking adventure, new books with Rob Bignell

New hiking guidebooks focus on Bayfield, Sawyer counties

More than 100 day hiking trails described in each new ‘Hittin’ the Trail’ book

BAYFIELD, Wis. (Dec. 16, 2014) – Two new hiking guidebooks detail more than a hundred day hiking trails in Wisconsin’s Bayfield and Sawyer Counties.

Day Hiking Trails of Bayfield County and Day Hiking Trails of Sawyer County mark the eighth and ninth books in the Hittin’ the Trail series.

Day Hiking Trails of Bayfield County and Day Hiking Trails of Sawyer County 
(Atiswinic Press) describe more than 100 trails in the popular tourist counties

“Day Hiking Trails of Bayfield County” covers trails in, on or near Bayfield, Washburn, Drummond, Cable, Iron River and the Bayfield Peninsula. Trails on Madeline Island and in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, for which Bayfield is the main port of departure, also are listed, as well as trails near the county border in Ashland, Sawyer and Douglas counties.

“Day Hiking Trails of Sawyer County” describes trails in or near Hayward, the Chequemegon National Forest, the Flambeau River State Forest, and trailheads along the Tuscobia State Trail. Also listed are trails near the county border in Bayfield, Ashland, Washburn, Price and Rusk counties.

“Bayfield and Sawyer counties are a hiker’s paradise,” Bignell said. “In Bayfield County, you can dig your toes into sandy beaches, enjoy fantastic vistas of the world’s largest freshwater lake, explore sea caves, or scramble across billion-year-old red rock. In Sawyer County, you can hike
trails that once were historic portage routes used by fur traders or take routes alongside a rapids-filled river now conquered by modern kayakers.”

The books provide a plethora of information about each featured trail, including:
>>Driving directions to the trail
>>Where to park and find the trailhead
>>Course the trail takes
>>Scenic points to look for on the trail
>>Wildlife and flora you might spot
>>Interesting tidbits about the area’s geology and history
>>Trailside amenities such as water fountains and bathrooms
>>Best times to hike the trail

Following each featured trail are brief descriptions of other nearby day hiking trails.

“These trails are perfect for families with children or anyone who wants to spend just a couple of hours outdoors enjoying and discovering nature,” Bignell said. The trails run from a third of a mile to 6 miles in length, with most only a mile to three miles long.

Within a week of being released, “Day Hiking Trails of Sawyer County” debuted at No. 6 on Amazon.com’s bestsellers list for Travel>Central United States ebooks, continuing the popular reception the “Hittin’ the Trails” guidebooks have received. Earlier this year, “Day Hiking the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway” reached No. 1 on Amazon.com’s bestsellers list for 

Travel>Midwest books. “Hittin’ the Trail: Day Hiking Polk County, Wis.” spent 10 consecutive weeks on Amazon.com’s travel bestseller list last year while “Hittin’ the Trail: Day Hiking Grand Canyon National Park” reached the top 10.

Other Wisconsin counties in the Hittin’ the Trail series include Barron, Burnett and Polk. The series also include titles for Wisconsin-Minnesota Instate State Parks and Crex Meadows Wildlife Area.

Both new hiking guidebooks, as well as Bignell’s other titles, are available for sale online and at Redbery Books in Cable, Wis.

A long-time hiker, editor and journalist, Bignell is uniquely qualified to discuss day hiking especially

for families. The author of eight other hiking guidebooks, including the popular “Hikes with Tykes” and “Headin to the Cabin” series, Bignell is an avid backpacker, long-time editor, and Wisconsin native who’s been day hiking with his son for more than six years. Together they’ve scaled summits almost two miles high, crossed America’s driest deserts, and walked beneath trees soaring 15 stories over their heads.

Before Kieran, Bignell served as an infantryman in the Army National Guard and taught middle school students in New Mexico and Wisconsin. His newspaper work has won several journalism awards, from editorial writing to sports reporting. In 2001, The Prescott Journal, which he served as managing editor of, was named Wisconsin’s Weekly Newspaper of the Year.

Bignell now lives with his son in western Wisconsin.

Book specs:
“Day Hiking Trails of Bayfield County”
>>Publish date: Nov. 23, 2014
>>Publisher: Atiswinic Press
>>ISBN: 978-0-9896723-9-9
>>Price: $9.95 (paperback), $0.99 (ebook)
>>Pages: 138 (paperback)
>>Cover: Paperback (paperback)
>>Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5 (paperback)
>>Website: http://hikeswithtykes.com/hittinthetrail_home.html

“Day Hiking Trails of Sawyer County”
>>Publish date: Nov. 20, 2014
>>Publisher: Atiswinic Press
>>ISBN: 978-0989672382
>>Price: $9.95 (paperback), $0.99 (ebook)
>>Pages: 116 (paperback)
>>Cover: Paperback (paperback)
>>Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5 (paperback)
>>Website: http://hikeswithtykes.com/hittinthetrail_home.html

Friday, December 12, 2014

Early Registration open for Arts Day March 11 2015

Arts Day 2015 | March 11, 2015
 Register today for Wisconsin's biggest day for the arts and creativity!
Strengthening the economy, education and quality of life throughout Wisconsin is the theme of Art Day 2015, taking place on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the beautiful Central Library in downtown Madison.     
The focus of Arts Day 2015 will be the Creative Economy Development Initiative, an innovative program to grow Wisconsin's investment in its creative people, organizations, businesses and communities.  
Wisconsin's got the creative, human, social and civic assets to lead the state in new economy growth and success.  Now is the time for Wisconsin to benefit and grow from those assets as a national and global leader. 
Arts Day 2015, produced by Arts Wisconsin, the state's community cultural development organization, in partnership with generous sponsoring Wisconsin businesses and organizations, features:
  • The annual Arts Day Legislative Breakfast, at the Central Library, fe
    aturing keynote speaker Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC
  • Constituent meetings with legislators and decision-makers throughout the day
  • Panel discussions on economic, educational and civic issues in the arts and creativity
  • The Rabin Youth Arts Awards presented by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras
  • Performances by Wisconsin performers and art-making with Wisconsin artists (details TBA)
  • Pre-Arts Day workshop on advocacy and community building, 1-5 pm, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - an afternoon of networking, learning and idea-sharing.  Location and agenda TBA.  Fee:  $15.
Register today for Arts Day 2015 and the pre-Arts Day workshop.  Arts Wisconsin will update schedule and agenda information online and through media outlets on an ongoing basis.  
Thanks to our generous Arts Day 2015 sponsor organizations and businesses who are supporting efforts to make the arts happen in their communities and statewide.   Your organization or business can sponsor Arts Day 2015 and reach a statewide and global audience involved in the arts, creativity, culture and heritage.  Contact Anne Katz at Arts Wisconsin, 608 255 8316 | akatz@artswisconsin.org for more information about Arts Day and sponsorship opportunities.                        

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Sale at Little Creek Press -- for your special little ones Ends Dec 8

Huge Holiday Sale!

20 Little Creek Press books on sale now at littlecreekpress.com.
                                                                   Sale ends December 8!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Security Squad, a Mars Cannon book by Nicolette Pierce

Security Squad (Book #3 in the Mars Cannon series)
Nicolette Pierce

October, 2014
E-Book, $3.99

From the Publisher: The ladies are at it again. They’ve switched gears and designed uniforms to become Madison’s Security Squad. The uniforms? Hideous. The job? An arcade that pays in tokens. Figuring that it’s a low-key job, Mars hopes that the ladies will stay out of trouble. 


So very wrong. 

When the arcade wall is vandalized repeatedly, Mrs. Janowski calls the squad for immediate action. With Aaron’s help, they decode the message on the wall, leading them to a seedy bar where danger lurks. The bar’s parking lot is full, but where are the customers? 

Mars has her own problems to work through. Evan and Brett . . . and the envelope. Mars discovers a secret that Evan’s been keeping, threatening their new relationship. And Brett . . . God, she doesn’t know what to do about him. But she’ll have to figure it out, and soon. 

My Review: Third in the series...after reading Pierce's Nadia Wolf series in which I wanted Nadia for my best friend, it took a little bit for me to change gears and learn to like Mars. She's different, but still gutsy. This series is set in Wisconsin, and takes full advantage of all the quirks the state has to offer, from our love of fried foods to biker heaven and biker bars, to our outer space obsession. Mrs. Janowski and the girls are such a hoot I can't help but love them as they attempt to make a name for themselves as a protection squad and use all their weapons—from keen observation to frying pans and Internet research. The relationships in the book are all quirky, from the Mars-Evan-Brett triangle to T and Emmy, to the ladies of the Squad.

For those who enjoy humorous, quirky characters solving a mystery with clues and actions out in left field, along with some steamy romance. Standalone-able, although you'll want to read the other books in the series too.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coming soon - SW WI Festival of Books Nov 8

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books
at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha
November 8, 2014

Panel discussions
​ & Book Signing
Mystery Writers: A panel with Michael Giorgio, Nanci Rathbun and Patricia Skalka
(Authors discuss creating mystery novels that include Wisconsin settings)   

November 8, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Bodysnatchers! Characters who refuse to follow the plotline & then take over the story!
(Michael Giorgio discusses these quirky, irrepressible and sometimes irascible characters with fellow authors Lynne Carole Austin, Alex Beldsoe, Martha Berland and Kathie Giorgio)

November 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

First Time Book Writers
(Local up-and-coming writers talk about their experience receiving that first book contract and share how they beat the odds.   Michael Giorgio shares the stage with Lynne Carole Austin, Alice Benson, Kerry Crowley, Sandy Goldsworthy, Jim Landwehr, Kelly Risser and Kathie Giorgio)
November 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Michael will be available to sign your book following each session in the author signing area.  Copies of Justice Comes Home available for purchase at the Martha Merrell's Books booth.

Other Upcoming Appearances:

November 13, 2014
Books & Company Oconomowoc, WI

Michael Giorgio and fellow mystery author Nanci Rathbun kick off this fun night by asking the questions...of each other!

Audience Q&A and signing to follow.  Event begins 7:00 pm

Praise for Justice Comes Home...

"Engrossing..." -  Nanci Rathbun, author of Truth Kills and Cash Kills, Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries

 "This novel has it all ..." - Leslie Matthews Stansfield, author of Mr. T and the Traveling Tea Cup
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Debut Author Holly Michael and Crooked Lines

Holly Michael grew up in Door County.
Crooked Lines is her first novel.

On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister’s death, she sets her heart on India, a symbol of peace.

Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse cultural and religious milieus, he labors toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers.

Traveling similar paths and bridged across oceans through a priest, the two desire peace and their divine destiny. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed…and buried memories, unearthed.

Crooked Lines, a beautifully crafted debut novel, threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth.

Purchase Info:

Holly Michael, published in various magazines, newspapers, and in Guideposts

books released her debut novel, Crooked Lines. She and her husband, Anglican Bishop Leo Michael, regularly travel from their home in Kansas City to India. She enjoys watching football, especially when her two sons are playing—Jake (NFL) and Nick (Rajin’ Cajuns). She also has a lovely daughter, Betsy.

Twitter: @HollyMichael

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wisconsin Poetry Festival October 10-11, Fort Atkinson

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Short Poem

The Friends of Lorine Niedecker will host the sixth Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, at the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson.

Free and open to the public

The Poetry Café will provide the mash-up of poets, writers, publishers, and poetry appreciators.

This year’s highlights include:
A Tour of the poet’s museum archive, the Niedecker Room and regional history in anticipation of a Saturday evening presentation on Increase Lapham.

The Poetry Path created with sidewalk chalk will start at the Fort Atkinson Farmers’ Market on Milwaukee Avenue and continue in front of the library.

Open Mics will be held on Friday evening at the Café Carpe, moderated by Marilyn Taylor.

Meet with poets in small groups for discussion about their work and the poetic process and this year, and two Writers Workshops

For a complete schedule, event descriptions and list of presenters and their biographies at the festival, visit www.lorineniedecker.org, or Google Wisconsin Poetry Festival or contact Ann Engelman at (920) 563-0416 or Amy Lutzke (920) 563-7790.