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, or Google Wisconsin Poetry Festival or contact Ann Engelman at (920) 563-0416 or Amy Lutzke (920) 563-7790.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sheboygan Children's Book Festival October 10-12

Festival Theme: Feed Your Imagination

The 2014 festival will highlight imagination and inspiration in books for children and teens.

Visit for more information.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Remembering Ben Logan Memorial Service 3 PM Oct 26

Beloved Wisconsin Author Ben Logan passed away September 19, 2014 at the age of 94.

Best known for The Land Remembers, Logan was a a prolific author who enjoyed his audience.
His Seldom Seen farm near Viroqua, Wisconsin was placed in the Mississippi Valley Conservancy in 2008 for protection.

“Once you have lived on the land, been a partner
with its moods, secrets, and seasons, you cannot leave.
The living land remembers,
touching you in unguarded moments, saying,
‘I am here. You are part of me.'”
~Ben Logan 

Ben LoganBen Logan was born in 1920 on farm near Seneca and Mount Sterling; studied agricultural journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Madison. During WWII, he served in the Navy. After the war, he worked as a merchant seaman before returning to finish his master's degree in Wisconsin. Further travel brought him to Mexico where he studied anthropology and creative writing. From 1960-1985, he served as senior producer for United Methodist Communications in New York. Logan published his autobiographical classic The Land Remembers in 1975, for which he won the 1976 Banta Award. After retiring from United Methodist Communications, he moved back to his boyhood home in Wisconsin. He published The Empty Meados in 1983. UW-Platteville awarded him the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1984 and he won an Emmy Award in 1986 for his documentary "Taking Children Seriously."

Read the obituary HERE.
A memorial service is scheduled for 3 PM in Gays Mills on October 26, 2014.

Here is a Goodreads List of his works.
Excerpt from Every Root an Anchor

Author Ben Logan relaxes in his old family farmstead near Steuben in Crawford County in 2006 Photo Credit-Gary Porter, Journal-Sentinel

Author Ben Logan relaxes in his old family farmstead near Steuben in Crawford County in 2006 Photo Credit-Gary Porter, Journal-Sentinel

At home

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Ben Logan 
with Garrison Keillor