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Imagine Poetry Series: A Shower of Poetry

Thursday, April 30 - 6:00 pm
Imagine Poetry Series: A Shower of Poetry

Join us as we welcome to our bookstore Phil Hansotia and Wendy Schmidt, the featured poets for the month of April. As always, performances will be followed by open-mic, and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.


Check out poetry, photos, and much much more at the Imagine Poetry Series website: http://www.houseofthetomato.com/

Phil Hansotia

Phil Hansotia is a retired physician who moved to Ellison Bay in Door county from Marshfield Wisconsin in 2004. He is a member of the Wallace Poetry Group and an active member of the WFOP and has published widely.

Wendy Schmidt

Wendy L. Schmidt, is a native of Wisconsin. She has been writing short stories and poetry for 10 years.  The Four C's; cat, chocolate, coffee and computer are her chosen writing tools. Pieces have been published in Daily Flash, Haunted Object, No Rest for the Wicked, Verse Wisconsin, Chicago Literati, City Lake Poets, Brawler, Twisted Dreams, Literary Hatchet, Rebelle Society, Autumn Magic and many more. She has two blogs filled with poetry and fun photos entitled, She's Got A Short Fuse and Bumpy Night Publications. She is currently working on her newest project, making very short films to accompany some of her writing on a Youtube channel entitled, Wendy L. Schmidt, Phantom Poetess. She is also last year's winner of the Reedsburg Farm/Art Passwords Contest.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Tuesday, May 12
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

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

In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. 

Appearing in paperback for the first time--with twenty arresting new photos and an extensive Q&A with the author--"Unbroken "is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by "Seabiscuit" author Laura Hillenbrand.

Imagine Poetry Series: A Festival of Poetry

Thursday, May 28
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Imagine Poetry Series: A Festival of Poetry

Please help us to welcome to our bookstore this month's featured poets, Tim Walsh & Kathryn Gahl. As always, performances will be followed by open-mic, and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Check out poetry, photos, and much much more at the Imagine Poetry Series website: http://www.houseofthetomato.com/

Tim Walsh

Timothy Walsh’s most recent poetry collection is When the World Was Rear-Wheel Drive: New Jersey Poems. His awards include the Grand Prize in the Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition, the Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from North American Review, and the Wisconsin Academy Fiction Prize. He is the author of a book of literary criticism, The Dark Matter of Words: Absence, Unknowing, and Emptiness in Literature (Southern Illinois University Press) and two other poetry collections, Wild Apples (Parallel Press) and Blue Lace Colander (Marsh River Editions). Find more at: http://timothyawalsh.com

Kathryn Gahl

After being a model, teacher, registered nurse, and single-parent, Kathryn Gahl studied writing at Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Iowa, Taos, and Vermont College.Her fiction and poems appear in many journals, including Margie, A Call To Nursing and Life Drawing Class, a poetry manuscript with watercolors. She believes in the transcendent power of red lipstick, dancing Tango, deep sleep, and the light of her littlest love, her grandson Leonidas. A performance poet, she lives in Wisconsin. 

An Afternoon with Spike Carlsen: Author of 'Cabin Lessons'

Saturday, June 6 - 1:00 pm
An Afternoon with Spike Carlsen: Author of

Please help us welcome to our bookstore Spike Carlsen, author of 'Cabin Lessons.' As always, light refreshments will be served and all are welcome to join. 

From the Publisher:

The idea of a cabin is romantic and idealistic; and considering the hectic pace and often-frustrating complications of our modern lives, who wouldn't want a beautiful, quiet place to retreat to? 

When Minnesota native Spike Carlsen and his wife, Kat, found themselves at a midlife crossroads — juggling demanding jobs while trying to bring the children from each of their prior marriages together as a cohesive family unit — they wondered how to proceed. Should they follow the stereotypical pattern where, in Spike’s words, “he buys a red Miata sports coupe and she gets a facelift and a walnut-size cocktail ring?” Spike and Kat forged their own path when they “decided to buy a nearly inaccessible cliff of eroding clay on Lake Superior and build a cabin together — along with five kids, a handful of friends, and a half-blind, gimpy Pekingese.” Cabin Lessons, releasing in May, is the entertaining and heartfelt story of this blended family’s do-it-yourself adventure. 

Part building guide and part memoir, Cabin Lessons weaves chapters detailing Spike and Kat’s experiences, from purchasing the land to designing their 600-square-foot retreat, gathering the materials for construction, working with contractors, and, finally, marshalling their children and building from the ground up. The story is inspiring and informative in equal measure, with photos, floorplan designs, construction diagrams, and maps of the landscape peppered throughout. 

For Spike and thousands of others, a cabin is more than a place to stay; it’s a philosophy and a state of mind. While managing financial hardships and dodging the curveballs nature threw them along the way, Spike and his family became masters of improvising and staying calm in the face of absurdity. Learning the building skills they needed as they went along, and learning about themselves and each other as well, they found in the end that they’d built not only a sturdy cabin, but a stronger family. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Spike Carlsen built a tree house at the age of 8 and has been swinging a hammer ever since. He worked as a carpenter and contractor for 15 years, then as an editor with The Family Handyman — the world’s leading DIY magazine — for another 15. He’s the author of the award-winning A Splintered History of Wood, Woodworking FAQ, and The Backyard Homestead of Building Projects. He’s written for Men’s Health, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, American Woodworker, and other publications and has appeared on HGTV, Modern Marvels, and CBS’s The Early Show. He and his wife, Kat, divide their time between their home in Stillwater, Minnesota, and their cabin on Lake Superior.

Light Between Oceans

Tuesday, June 9
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Light Between Oceans

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

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

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. 

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a "gift from God," and against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

1984

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

1984

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. 

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.

Gilead

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

Gilead

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

A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 

"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.

                             

 

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