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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 11:00 am

Friday Night
Reading and discussion of  A Well-Made Bed.
Abby will be joined via Skype by coauthor 
Laurie Alberts.

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

Abby Frucht has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. She has published five novels and two collections of stories, and has been awarded a Quality Paperback Book Club Prize, the Iowa Short Fiction prize, and a Best of the Web citation. Raised in New York, she currently lives on a lake in Wisconsin, has raised two sons, teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


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


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.

Fred Amram

Friday, September 30
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

Fred Amram

We're In America Now

A Survivor's Stories
Fred Amram spent his early years in Hannover, Germany, where he experienced the Holocaust from its inception in 1933. He witnessed Kristallnacht and the Gestapo invading his home. He watched the British bombers from his balcony when Jews were banned from air raid shelters. The loss of uncles, aunts, a grandmother and many more relatives has motivated him to share his experiences in hopes of ending genocide everywhere.

 Although the transition to a new language and culture was difficult, the alternatives were worse. Consequently, the United States truly became a land of opportunity where one could build a new life and become more than a “Holocaust survivor.”

 Amram has spoken about the Holocaust and other genocides at Clark University, Carlton College, William Mitchell College of Law and many other educational institutions, churches and synagogues. He frequently leads workshops for government agencies, including the U.S. Army and Air Force. He has testified about his Holocaust experiences at the Minnesota legislature. Amram is admired for his scholarship as well as his story telling ability.

 With degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Minnesota, Amram is a retired professor of communication and creativity who served in many administrative capacities including Director of Academic Affairs for the University’s General College. He has authored several books as well as many articles, essays and stories. He has been a visiting lecturer at many universities and has curated several exhibitions about inventing. Amram’s consulting and public speaking services have been utilized in Europe, Asia and North America. In presenting Professor Amram the Patent and Trademark Office’s prestigious Excellence in Education Award, the Commissioner of the PTO referred to Amram as “excellence in education personified.”

Click here for a short video about Fred Amram.


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.

A Man Called Ove

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

A Man Called Ove

Read the" New York Times "bestseller that has taken the world by storm! 
Meet Ove. He s a curmudgeon the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? 
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents association to their very foundations. 
A feel-good story in the spirit of "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" and "Major Pettigrew s Last Stand," Fredrik Backman s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. If there was an award for Most Charming Book of the Year, this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down ("Booklist," starred review)."

Wayne Martin

Saturday, October 15
2:00 PM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

Wayne Martin

Cranberries Revealed

From the Marsh to the Table

 What’s beautiful, delicious and red all over? Wayne Martin answers that question with his coffee table book about cranberries that was published last year. It was named the 2015 winner as the best art/photo book and best recipe book at the Midwest Book Awards in St. Paul, MN on May 13, 2016. Accompany him on a visual journey into the world of cranberries as Cranberries Revealed celebrates a riot of ruby red colors that make this fruit such an appealing subject.

 The author draws upon a lifelong career in photography and his childhood growing up in the cranberry country of Central Wisconsin to tantalize readers with images of cranberries photographed in ways never seen before. The three-part book beguiles readers with dramatic close-up and abstract views of cranberries. It intrigues with sweeping aerial panoramas, immerses viewers in the marshlands of Central Wisconsin and tempts the taste buds with award-winning recipes.

 His visual journey began as an experiment, freezing cranberries in water and photographing the result. Serendipity ruled the day and led to unexpected and stunningly beautiful images. That prompted him to photograph the source of the berries in their natural environment, the cranberry harvest and cranberries as an ingredient in recipes.

 Treat your eyes and palate to a feast of cranberries that will leave you hungry for more.  Cranberries Revealed is a must read source for all things cranberry!

 Wayne Martin became a serious photographer upon his first experience with a 35mm film camera 40 years ago. 

He has worked professionally for more than 35 years, first as an award winning photojournalist in Wisconsin and Oregon and then as an AV/corporate photographer for 10 years. For the last 21 years he has run his own freelance commercial photography business in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He lives in Plymouth, MN with his wife, Anne.


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.

Larry Watson at The Reader's Loft

Saturday, December 3 - 1:00 PM
Larry Watson at The Reader

Calvin Sidey is always ready to run, and it doesn’t take much to set him in motion. As a young man, he ran from this block, from Gladstone, from Montana, from this country. From his family and the family business. He ran from sadness, and he ran from responsibility. If the gossip was true, he ran from the law.

It’s 1963, and Calvin Sidey, one of the last of the old cowboys, has long ago left his family to live a life of self-reliance out on the prairie. He’s been a mostly absentee father and grandfather until his estranged son asks him to stay with his grandchildren, Ann and Will, for a week while he and his wife are away. So Calvin agrees to return to the small town where he once was a mythic figure, to the very home he once abandoned.  

But trouble soon comes to the door when a boy’s attentions to seventeen-year-old Ann become increasingly aggressive and a group of reckless kids portend danger for eleven-year-old Will. Calvin knows only one way to solve problems: the Old West way, in which scores are settled and ultimatums are issued and your gun is always loaded. And though he has a powerful effect on those around him--from the widowed neighbor who has fallen under his spell to Ann and Will, who see him as the man who brings a sudden and violent order to their lives--in the changing culture of the 1960s, Calvin isn’t just a relic; he’s a wild card, a danger to himself and those who love him.

In As Good as Gone, Larry Watson captures our longing for the Old West and its heroes, and he challenges our understanding of loyalty and justice. Both tough and tender, it is a stunning achievement.

The Nightingale

Tuesday, December 13
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.