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An Evening with Christine Keleny

Thursday, July 9 - 6:00 pm
An Evening with Christine Keleny

Join us Thursday, July 9, as we welcome author Christine Keleny, who will discuss her book Will the Real Caroyln Keene Please Stand Up. 

For more information on Christine check out her website: https://about.me/christine.keleny

Notes on the book: 

If you didn't already know, Carolyn Keene, of the famous Nancy mystery series, is not a real person. Neither is the Hardy Boys' Franklin Dixon or Laura Lee Hope of the Bobbsey Twins. They are all the brain child of one of the country's most prolific writers for children and young adults to date: Edward Stratemeyer. Edward was so prolific, in fact, that he had to eventually hire ghostwriters to help him flesh out his story ideas, which was not an issue until a series he created just before his death became a cult classic. "Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up" tells of the lives of the three primary creators of the Nancy mystery series and how the plucky, intelligent, resourceful, and famous girl sleuth came to life, along with the controversy that still rages on about who really created the Nancy that millions of readers across the globe have come to know and love. Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up is a fresh take on one of America's most popular characters-Nancy Drew. Keleny offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at the dedicated and determined creators of the series. She also reveals the competing-and often conflicting-visions each author had for Nancy. This novel is entertaining, smart, and exceptionally well researched. It is certain to interest anyone who is curious about the surprising mystery behind the Nancy Drew mysteries. Jenna Nelson, PhD.

Notes on the author:

Christine is a writer, reader, author, and publisher. She is a mother of two, mostly grown, children and a wife. She also runs her own self-publishing company: CKBooks Publishing that helps other writers make their publishing dreams come true. In her free time she likes spending time in the great out there.


Tuesday, July 14
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft


A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

April, 1984. Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell's fiction is often said to be our reality. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical new adaptation exploring why Orwell's vision of the future is as relevant as ever. 

Miranda Paul: Author of 'Water is Water'

Saturday, July 18 - 11:00 am
Miranda Paul: Author of

Join us on Saturday, July 18, 11:00 am as we welcome renowned author Miranda Paul, author of the new children's book 'Water is Water. 

Review Quotes:
"A biracial brother and sister explore the out-of-doors (and a bit of mischief) through the four seasons in this poetic look at the many forms water takes on its trip through its cycle . . . An engaging and lyrical look at the water cycle." - "Kirkus Reviews"

"Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water unless...it heats up."
"Whirl. Swirl. Watch it curl by. Steam is steam unless...it cools high."

Publisher's Notes:
This spare, poetic picture book follows a group of kids as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle. From rain to fog to snow to mist, talented author Miranda Paul and the always remarkable Jason Chin ("Redwoods, Coral Reefs, Island, Gravity") combine to create a beautiful and informative journey in this innovative nonfiction picture book that will leave you thirsty for more.

Miranda Paul has written everything from articles on gardening to poems about the life cycle of a butterfly. She lives a short drive from the shoreline in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband, children, and two friendly cats who love taking baths.

Imagine Poetry Series: Poetry of Individuality

Thursday, July 23 - 6:00 pm
Imagine Poetry Series: Poetry of Individuality

Join us for our latest edition of the Imagine Poetry Series. This month we will feature  Ching-In Chen, Soham Patel & Robert Nordstrom. An open-mic will follow our readers and light refreshments will be served.

For poetry, photos and more, check out the Imagine Poetry Series website: http://www.houseofthetomato.com/poetry-events/

Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart's Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and was a participant in Sharon Bridgforth's Theatrical Jazz Institute.

Soham Patel

Soham Patel’s recent work is up at Banango Street, They Will Sew The Blue Sail, CURA Magazine, and Twelfth House. Her chapbook and nevermind the storm is available from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. She is a Kundiman fellow and currently lives in Milwaukee where she is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin and a poetry editor at cream city review.

Robert Nordstrom

Robert Nordstrom was raised in Toledo, Ohio, where as a child he climbed trees in suburbia to gain a view of the way out. Too much partying in college led to a restless thumb, a stint in Viet Nam, a couple of years in Florida, a few years sweating in front of kitchen broilers, a year in Paris with his wife Linda and finally Wisconsin—home at last. After obtaining an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he worked as an editor/writer for various publications for the next 30 years. A member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, today, he stays busy with a free-lance writing gig, hauling grade schoolers and high schoolers over the back roads of Southeastern Wisconsin in a big yellow bus and poetry, poetry, poetry.

Storied Life of A.J. Vikry

Tuesday, August 11
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Storied Life of A.J. Vikry

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books--and booksellers--that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds. On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World. A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.A. J. Fikry s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island--from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J. s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It s a small package, but large in weight. It s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J. s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

Neal Griffin: Author of 'Benefit of the Doubt'

Wednesday, August 26 - 6:00 pm
Neal Griffin: Author of

Join us as we welcome law enforcement veteran Neal Griffin as he discusses his debut novel, 'Benefit of the Doubt', a story bestselling author Jon Land calls a “major debut destined to take its place alongside the work of Robert Parker, C.J. Box and Harlan Coben.” 

For an excerpt of the novel, more bio information, and much more, check out Neal's website: nealgriffin.com

"Benefit of the Doubt needs none--there is no doubt that this fine debut novel is the sure-handed work of an exciting new author."--Don Winslow, "New York Times" bestselling author of Savages

"[A] unique and suspenseful debut novel by a cop-turned-author who knows the turf. The story moves at warp speed."--Joseph Wambaugh, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author 

"A taut and cleverly-plotted page-turner! Griffin is a terrific story-teller, and this compelling tale will keep you guessing from the first chilling line to the unpredictable and completely surprising last page."--Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark, Anthony & Agatha Award-winning author


Ben Sawyer was a big-city cop, until he nearly killed a helpless suspect in public. Now a detective in the tiny Wisconsin town where he and his wife grew up, Ben suspects that higher-ups are taking payoffs from local drug lords.

Before long, Ben is off the force. His wife is accused of murder. His only ally is another outcast, a Latina rookie cop. Worse, a killer has escaped from jail with vengeance on his mind, and Newburg--and Ben Sawyer--in his sights.

Author info:

Neal Griffin is a twenty-five year veteran of law enforcement. He's seen it all, from routine patrols to drug enforcement to homicide investigations, from corrupt cops to men and women who went far above and beyond the call of duty.


Tuesday, September 8
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft


A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

Twenty-four years after her first novel, "Housekeeping," Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. Writing in the tradition of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, Marilynne Robinson's beautiful, spare, and spiritual prose allows "even the faithless reader to feel the possibility of transcendent order" ("Slate"). In the luminous and unforgettable voice of Congregationalist minister John Ames, Gilead reveals the human condition and the often unbearable beauty of an ordinary life. "Gilead "is the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

I Am Malala

Tuesday, October 13
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

I Am Malala

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public


"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday." 

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. 

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

"I AM MALALA "is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. 

"I AM MALALA "will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

Paris Architect

Tuesday, November 10
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Paris Architect

 Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

A gifted architect reluctantly begins a secret life devising ingenious hiding places for Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris
Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces--behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe--detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails horribly and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

Written by an expert whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every life the architect tries to save.