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Roger Dier

Thursday, December 3
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

Roger Dier

 Green & Gold Memories:
Growing up in Vince Lombardi's Green Bay

By Roger Dier

 Roger Dier will be at The Reader's Loft Thursday December 3rd for a reading and signing of Green and Gold Memories: Growing Up in Vince Lombardi's Green Bay.

A memoir of Green Bay in the 1960's, Dier combines his own memories of growing up in the city with interviews by "those in the know" around Vince Lombardi.

Kids' Poetry Workshop with Sandy Johnson

Saturday, December 5 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Gift of Poetry

With Sandy L. Johnson

Plan to attend a fun holiday event at the Reader’s Loft! Author and retired Green Bay teacher, Sandy Johnson, will be doing a poetry writing workshop recommended for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Sandy has always loved reading and writing poetry. She reminds us that many of the most beautiful songs that we all remember and often sing are poems that rhyme and are put to music. 

Sandy and her family have been doing living history events in Northeast Wisconsin for many years.  They have participated in programs on local history at Hazelwood, Heritage Hill State Park, and, more recently, at the Tall Ships’ Festivals held in Green Bay.  Learning local history is so important for us all to understand how Wisconsin became a state.  That is why she wrote her recent children’s nonfiction book, “Wisconsin’s Rock Island – Images in paintings & Verse,”

Sandy will begin by sharing a couple of poems that she has written. She will be available to sign copes of her book for those who want to purchase it as a gift for the holiday. Following that, Sandy will provide basic guidelines to writing a short poem.  The young writers will then select a topic for their poem and work on a pencil draft.  Who is a special person in their life? Or, what do they love about nature?  When their 1st pencil draft is completed,  Sandy and her husband, Carl, will help to edit the short poems as they are written.   Final copies will be hand printed on parchment-like paper in ink by each student author.  Those who want to can share their poem with another student or the whole group as time allows.   The students may later plan to insert their new poem into a holiday card to be given to someone.  Poetry is lovely to read, but it is made even more special when it is shared with others.

Women's Writing Circle Celebration: Word for Word

Saturday, December 12
1:00 PM at The Reader's Loft


Word for Word
An Anthology

Sandra Shackelford has been facilitating the Women’s Writing Circle since 2006, and over the years has gently coaxed many stories from the women she’s welcomed to the table. 

The Circle is a place where women write, read, listen and respond.  Sandra's supportive style and depth of knowledge in memoir writing aid in creating a comfortable place for exploration of personal stories.  

 Please join us as we celebrate Sandra, the women of the Circle, and their very first anthology!  We will be given the great pleasure of hearing stories from Word for Word, to be read by their author, while sipping on holiday beverages and nibbling on savory treats.  You may even find yourself wanting to join the circle on its next go-around.  

Save the date!


Open Read / Holiday Gathering

Tuesday, December 15
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

Open Read / Holiday Gathering

A Reader's Loft Book Group

Over the years A Reader's Loft book club has grown into an intimate group of thoughtful individuals who we look forward to visiting with while discussing each month's selection. In honor of the group's dedication, loyalty and fondness for one another we've decided to forgo a read and simply gather on the 15th to clink glasses and nibble on snacks while compiling the 2016 book club reading list.  

A Reader's Loft book club is also known for its revolving door that allows readers to come and go and return again when the month's selection fits their taste, schedule or what-have-you.  And almost every month we see a new face.  So if any or all of these scenarios fit you, please do join us on Tuesday, December 15 with two or three recommendations for the 2016 reading list.  The meeting will be a "potluck" of sorts.  So please feel free to bring a snack to pass.

Until then, happy holidays and good health to you and yours. 

* Be sure to check the January selection - Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell.

Joan Riedel & Ellie

Saturday, December 19
11:00 AM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

Joan Riedel & Ellie

Ellie Speaks

By Joan Reidel

During Ellie's puppy days, she was found wandering the streets of Kentucky and quickly got transported to the Green Bay Humane Society.  A few short days after arriving, Ellie was rescued by Joan and her family. What followed turned into a deep bond between Ellie and Joan that would quickly eclipse the darkness of Ellie's former Kentucky street life.  

Join us for a visit from Joan and Ellie and take a look into the fun these two have through the pages of their new book, Ellie Speaks. An inspiring book filled with hilariously charming pictures of Ellie accompanied by quotations complied by Joan.

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League

Tuesday, January 12
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League is a brilliant re-imagining and republication of Jonathan Odell s debut novel, The View from Delphi. Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, and inspired by his Mississippi childhood, Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida one wealthy and white and the other poor and black who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another. Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi s racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost to the world. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can t keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene while gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Hazel s husband hires Vida to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife and to care for his sole surviving son. Forced to spend time together with no one else to rely on, the two women find they have more in common than they thought, and together they turn the town on its head. It is the story of a town, a people, and a culture on the verge of a great change that begins with small things, like unexpected friendship."

Shotgun Lovesongs

Tuesday, February 16 - 6:00 PM
Shotgun Lovesongs

Publisher's Marketing

Hank, Leland, Kip and Ronny were all born and raised in the same Wisconsin town--Little Wing--and are now coming into their own (or not) as husbands and fathers. One of them never left, still farming the family's land that's been tilled for generations. Others did leave, went farther afield to make good, with varying degrees of success; as a rock star, commodities trader, rodeo stud. And seamlessly woven into their patchwork is Beth, whose presence among them--both then and now--fuels the kind of passion one comes to expect of lovesongs and rivalries. Now all four are home, in hopes of finding what could be real purchase in the world. 

The result is a shared memory only half-recreated, riddled with culture clashes between people who desperately wish to see themselves as the unified tribe they remember, but are confronted with how things have, in fact, changed. There is conflict here between longtime buddies, between husbands and wives--told with writing that is, frankly, gut-wrenching, and even heartbreaking. But there is also hope, healing, and at times, even heroism. It is strong, American stuff, not at all afraid of showing that we can be good, too--not just fallible and compromising. Shotgun Lovesongs is a remarkable and uncompromising saga that explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again--and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires.

Liam R Callanan

Thursday, February 18
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft

Liam R Callanan

Listen and Other Stories

by Liam R. Callanan

Liam Callanan, author of the critically acclaimed novels The Cloud Atlas and All Saints, returns with a short story collection that crosses decades, oceans and continents in pursuit of stories that, like its title suggests, are more than worthy of a listen.

Advance Praise: 

"Over and over Callanan finds that moment when a character's past, their deepest longings, their most intimate fears, emerge from the flood-waters of daily life and stand exposed. These richly imagined and beautifully written stories transport the reader from TV studios to lonely woods, from an old convent to a new gym, from war-time Alaska to the beach at Santa Monica. The result is a wonderfully readable and hugely pleasurable collection." —Margot Livesey, The Flight of Gemma Hardy

"What a wide-ranging, inventive collection Liam Callanan has given us. In page after page, he conjures striking characters and places—recent and historical, domestic and foreign—that quickly grow visceral and real. Listen to these lovely stories, indeed; each one is memorable, and each one different from the last." —Alix Ohlin, Inside and Signs and Wonders

"Here is what makes these stories necessary and timeless: Liam Callanan's incisive ability to render not just our desires and the choices we make to fulfill or thwart those desires, but the mystery behind those choices. These stories glow, backlit by the author's generous and discriminating vision, his ability to contrast doubt and faith in our actions and interactions, all in the service of an abiding grace. And lest all of the above sound unduly serious, let me assure you: there is humor here of the most vital stripe, wherein halfway through your laughter you realize you're laughing not only at the characters, but at your own foolish, if well-intentioned, ways." —Michael Parker, All That I Have in This World

"A scout who hoarded candy faces the wrath of a bear. A sister's jealousy has fatal consequences. A TV station's arts critic refuses to join a tradition of going pantsless on an anchor's last day. A lot of the folks in Liam Callanan's fine new collection of stories are on the cusp of making important decisions. And perhaps those decisions are a bit constricting, and just to amplify that point , a number of characters are physically trapped, whether in a locked mausoleum, a tent with a ferocious bear outside, a dilapidated convent on fire, or in a home being flooded by dam. Past decisions are equally debilitating, and that sometimes leads to an attempt to preserve the lost, perhaps through their voices, or their breath. Whatever their foibles, it's hard not to connect with the life-infused characters of Listen and Other Stories, blessed as they are with the author's grace and good humor." —Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company (Milwaukee)

"I picked up this book to get a feel for the type of short stories Liam was writing. I was about to host his event, but I didn't have time to read the whole thing. So, I read "Listen," the title story, and immediately knew that this was an amazing book. I started at the beginning and could not put it down. These stories are beautiful, shocking, concise, and compelling. Each story has its own reasons to read and love, but the collection as a whole gives such a breadth of human existence and style. I found it irresistible. For something not being on my to-read list to being one that I feel urged to recommend is surprising to me. Read Listen & Other Stories." —Shane Mullen, Left Bank Books (St. Louis)

Liam Callanan's "stories have a great way of getting under the skin and lingering beyond the final page. With great compassion for his characters, Callanan meets them at a series of critical points, getting into their heads with precision and finding warmth, humor, sorrow, grief, and fear."—Timothy Day, Washington Independent Review of Books

"Three Great New Midwest Books for April" —Erika Janik, Wisconsin Public Radio

"100 Books for your Summer Reading List"—Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Click here for a viewing of  the book trailer.