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Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society

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

Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion


Eighty-year-old Dora, the narrator of a story that began a half century earlier, is bonding with an unlikely set of friends, including Jackie Hart, a restless middle-aged wife and mother from Boston, who gets into all sorts of trouble when her family moves to a small, sleepy town in Collier County, Florida, circa 1962.
With humor and insight the novel chronicles the awkward North-South cultural divide as Jackie, this hapless but charming “Yankee,” looks for some excitement in her life by accepting an opportunity to host a local radio show where she creates a mysterious, late-night persona, “Miss Dreamsville,” and by launching a reading group—the Collier County Women’s Literary Society—thus sending the conservative and racially segregated town into uproar. The only townspeople who venture to join are regarded as outsiders at best—a young gay man, a divorced woman, a poet, and a young black woman who dreams of going to college.

This brilliant fiction debut by Amy Hill Hearth, a New York Times bestselling author, brings to life unforgettable characters who found the one thing that eluded them as individuals:a place in the world. Inspired by a real person, Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society will touch the heart of anyone and everyone who has ever felt like an outsider longing to fit in.

Calling All Kids! Create Your Own Story

Wednesday, July 13
11:00 AM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

Calling All Kids!  Create Your Own Story

Erin Hunsader's Butterfly Theater Company Presents: Create Your Own Story


The Reader's Loft is thrilled to offer 2 writing workshops where kids will create their own story and act it out! 

From Page to Stage!
Children will:
* Act out familiar stories
* Learn story components such as plot, character, conflict, action and conclusion
* Use their imaginations to create their own stories
* At the end of the workshop kids will perform their stories

Directed by Erin Hunsader

Ages 5-10

$8.00 per participant

Wednesday July 13th & Saturday July 16th at 11:00 AM

PLEASE CALL THE STORE TO REGISTER

920-406-0200

Erin holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Tisch School of the Arts ( NYU ) and has worked with Theatreworks  USA based in New York. Locally she has worked with the PAC in Appleton and Music and Arts School in Door County. 

She loves working with children of all ages to inspire their creativity. 

A Fireside Chat with Peter Geye & Rebecca Meacham

Thursday, July 28
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

A Fireside Chat with Peter Geye & Rebecca Meacham

Peter Geye Returns with The Wintering


The Reader's Loft is thrilled to welcome Peter  back to the store with the follow-up to his 2012 novel The Lighthouse Road.    Rebecca Meacham will offer a wonderful Q&A at this event.  

Publisher's comments:

It’s certainly something Gus has never forgotten, nor the Devil’s Maw of a river, a variety of beloved (possibly fantastical) maps, the ice floes and waterfalls (neither especially appealing from a canoe), a magnificent bear, the endless portages, a magical abandoned shack, Thanksgiving and Christmas improvised at the far end of the earth, the brutal cold and sheer beauty of it all. And men hunting other men. 

Now—with his father pronounced dead—Gus relates their adventure in vivid detail to Berit Lovig, who’d spent much of her life waiting for Harry, her passionate conviction finally fulfilled over the last two decades. So, a middle-aged man rectifying his personal history, an aging lady wrestling with her own, and with the entire saga of a town and region they’d helped to form and were in turn formed by, relentlessly and unforgettably.

 Peter Geye was born and raised in Minneapolis, where he continues to live. His previous novels are Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road.  He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PHD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast.  Peter has also been a bartender, bookseller, banker, copywriter and cook.

The last time I read a literary thriller so profound Cormac McCarthy’s name was on its spine. But Peter Geye is his own man and Wintering is as unique and menacingly beautiful as its Minnesota borderlands setting. —Richard Russo

Daring Ladies of Lowell

Tuesday, August 9
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft

Daring Ladies of Lowell

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion


Eager to escape life on her family's farm, Alice Barrow moves to Lowell in 1832 and throws herself into the hard work demanded of "the mill girls." The hours are long and the conditions are bad, but Alice soon finds a true friend in Lovey Cornell, a saucy, strong-willed girl who is outspoken about the dangers they face in the factories . . . and about Alice opening her heart to a blossoming relationship with Samuel Fiske, the handsome and sympathetic son of the mill's owner. 
But when Lovey is found dead under suspicious circumstances, a sensational trial brings the workers' unrest to a boiling point, leaving Alice is torn between finding justice for her friend and her growing passion for the man with whom she had no business falling in love. 

Jane Hamilton & Rebecca Meacham

Saturday, August 13
1:00 PM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

Jane Hamilton & Rebecca Meacham

Jane Hamilton Discusses The Excellent Lombards

The Reader's Loft is pleased to offer another Q&A moderated, once again, by Green Bay's very own Rebecca Meacham welcoming guest author Jane Hamilton.

From the internationally bestselling author of THE BOOK OF RUTH and A MAP OF THE WORLD, a heartfelt coming-of-age story that Karen Joy Fowler calls "a timeless classic...a book you will read and reread."

Acclaimed author Jane Hamilton makes a triumphant return to the orchards and farms of the Midwest in her highly anticipated new novel, THE EXCELLENT LOMBARDS (Grand Central Publishing; April 19, 2016). 

Mary Francis “Frankie” Lombard is deeply in love with her family’s sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it.  Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, one-upping her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie’s roots.  As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go.  


 Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the PEN Hemingway Award for Fiction, and The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World were both chosen as Oprah Book Club picks and made into movies. Her short stories have appeared in Harper's Magazine.  

A native Ohioan, Rebecca Meacham holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. An Associate Professor of English and Humanistic Studies, Rebecca directs the Creative Writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she won a Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is the former fiction editor for Mid American Review and Talking Writing magazine.

A Weekend with Abby Frucht at The Reader's Loft

Friday, September 9
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft

A Weekend with Abby Frucht  at The Reader

Author Event September 9 at 6:00 pm 
Writers Workshop September 10 at 1:00 pm



Friday Night
Reading and discussion of  A Well-Made Bed, joined by local writers yet to be announced.

From the Publisher:
"When do-gooder Noor and frumpy home-schooled Jaycee find in Jaycee's luggage a cheese stuffed with drugs that she has unwittingly smuggled home from Peru, greed overcomes good instincts, and soon the unlikely pair are breaking bad in Vermont. Noor, a therapeutic riding instructor, and Jaycee, daughter of a plagiarizing children's book author who has insisted on raising her as though it's still 1860, discover that they have more than selling drugs in common... 

Ugly secrets, including the truth about the death of a childhood friend, some outrageous revelations about Jaycee's increasingly enfeebled parents, and Noor's burgeoning doubts about her marriage and motherhood, come to light as Jaycee and Noor make tentative strides toward a less prickly, though still lopsided friendship.  ...

Darkly comic and beautifully rendered, A WELL-MADE BED goes beyond the tropes of the buddy tale to explore just how easily each of us might step over the line from being a clean-nosed good citizen to being a felon."

Saturday Morning
Meeting with book club members who have read  A Well-Made Bed.

Saturday Afternoon
The Tarot of Character workshop will apply the method of tarot card reading to the construction of character in both fiction and nonfiction.

Need

Tuesday, September 13
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft

Need

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion


One by one, the teens in Nottawa, Wisconsin join the newest, hottest networking site and answer one question: What do you need? A new iPhone?  Backstage tickets to a concert? In exchange for a seemingly minor task, the NEED site will fulfill your request. Everyone is doing it. So why shouldn't you?

Kaylee Dunham knows what she needs --a kidney for her sick brother. She doesn’t believe a social networking site can help, but it couldn’t hurt to try.

Or could it?

After making her request, Kaylee starts to realize the price that will have to be paid for her need to be met. The demands the site makes on users in exchange for their desires are escalating and so is the body count. Will Kaylee be able to unravel the mystery of who created the NEED network—and pull the plug before it destroys them all?

David Siegel

Thursday, September 15
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

Forces of Change: Events That Led to the Development of the Green Bay Fire Department 1836-1895

by David Siegel

Forces of Change is an extensive investigation into the early development of the Green Bay Fire Department. This story examines the landmark and seminal events, mostly major fires, that prompted changes such as creation of the first volunteer fire companies, conversion to steamer fire engines, construction of a municipal water system, and transition to a full-time fire department. None of these changes occurred proactively—all were due to lessons-learned, written in ash and soot.

David Siegel has been with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department since 1997. In addition to serving as a lieutenant at Station 5 on East Mason Street, he is a paramedic and a member of the hazardous materials team.

Story time with Jim McVeigh

Saturday, October 1
11:00 AM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

Story time with Jim McVeigh

The Ballad of Farty McFee

Read by Author Jim McVeigh

Once upon a time, in a far away land, lived Farty McFee; a boy Giant with a singular talent! 

 Farty lived not so quietly with his Granny until The Evil King of The Castle uncovered their secret. Granny and Farty are forced to flee their home and all seems lost until McFee finally puts his talent to work and wins the Princess’ hand.

 Enjoy “The Ballad of Farty McFee” – A Legend in the making!

About the Author:

Jim  McVeigh is from Belfast, Northern Ireland and has performed extensively throughout Ireland and the British Isles. His background is in Irish traditional music playing Guitar and Bodhran with occasional outbursts of singing. Since coming to the United States in 1993 he has played in the Irish music scene throughout the Midwest and beyond.

 He published his first children's book "The Ballad of Farty McFee" in 2015, a comic tale, beautifully illustrated and set in a mythological Ireland. The book is the first in a series of six, the next installment “Farty McFee & The Dark Goblin” will be published in 2016.

The Nightingale

Tuesday, October 11
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft

The Nightingale

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion


In love we find out who we want to be.

In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

The Paris Architect

Saturday, October 15 - 5:00 PM
The Paris Architect

"A beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man's unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war." --Malcolm Gladwell


A thrilling debut novel of World War II Paris, from an author who's been called "an up and coming Ken Follett." (Booklist)

In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money - and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist. 


But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what's at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we'll go to make things right. 


Written by an architect whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every soul hidden and every life saved.

Circling the Sun

Tuesday, November 8
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft

Circling the Sun

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion


Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it's the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl's truest self and her fate: to fly.

                             

 

 

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