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Imagine Poetry Series

Thursday, August 28
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Imagine Poetry Series

It’s the M E N
OF MANY WORLDS
Phil Hansotia, Nathan J. Reid & Ralph Murre

Phil (Phiroze) Hansotia, Door County, is a neurologist and electroencephaographer, who has retired from a career at the Marshfield Clinic. In 2004, he moved to Door County. Since then he has belonged to the Wallace group of poets and the recently formed Peninsula Poets. His second book of poems Looking for America: Poems of Memory and Discovery leans on his experience as an immigrant. His poetry has also appeared in Free Verse, Valley Voice, Wisconsin Medical Journal, Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, Peninsula Pulse, and N.E.W. Voices

Nathan J. Reid is a poet, based in Madison, Wisconsin. He started early in the arts. At 15, he was part of an eclectic theatrical troupe. At 18, he published in Teen Ink Magazine. Today Nathan is a spoken word poet, combining poetry and performance, exploring and sparking the sweet, poignant and honest good in people. He's been the featured spoken word artist for HOME: A Group Art Exhibition and guest host for Blest Clothing Line's Spring Fashion Show "Respect the Rebellion." He also took first place in his first ever poetry slam and was a featured poet for "Mortgages: A Reading" at Madison's Bright Red Studios.

Ralph Murre, a long-time Door County fixture and curmudgeon-in-training, is the author of four books of poetry to date. His poems have been published in journals too numerous and obscure to mention, and his readings have been generally tolerated by audiences around Wisconsin and in several states farther afield.

Imagine Poetry Series

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

Imagine Poetry Series

It’s the M E N
OF MANY WORLDS
Phil Hansotia, Nathan J. Reid & Ralph Murre

Phil (Phiroze) Hansotia, Door County, is a neurologist and electroencephaographer, who has retired from a career at the Marshfield Clinic, In 2004, he moved to Door County. Since then he has belonged to the Wallace group of poets and the recently formed Peninsula Poets. His second book of poems Looking for America: Poems of Memory and Discovery leans on his experience as an immigrant. His poetry has also appeared in Free Verse, Valley Voice, Wisconsin Medical Journal, Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, Peninsula Pulse, and N.E.W. Voices.

Nathan J. Reid is a poet, based in Madison, Wisconsin. He started early in the arts. At 15, he was part of an eclectic theatrical troupe. At 18, he published in Teen Ink Magazine. Today Nathan is a spoken word poet, combining poetry and performance, exploring and sparking the sweet, poignant and honest good in people. He's been the featured spoken word artist for HOME: A Group Art Exhibition and guest host for Blest Clothing Line's Spring Fashion Show "Respect the Rebellion." He also took first place in his first ever poetry slam and was a featured poet for "Mortgages: A Reading" at Madison's Bright Red Studios.

Ralph Murre, a long-time Door County fixture and curmudgeon-in-training, is the author of four books of poetry to date.  His poems have been published in journals too numerous and obscure to mention, and his readings have been generally tolerated by audiences around Wisconsin and in several states farther afield.

Welcome All! Open to the Public.

Open Mic will follow the featured readings.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Tuesday, September 9
6pm at The Reader's Loft

The Glass Castle: A Memoir

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion
Publisher's Comments:

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.

Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town--and the family--Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.

What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story.

Charlie Quimby

Thursday, September 11
6:30 pm at The Reader's Loft

Charlie Quimby

Charlie Quimby presents his IndieBound sensation,

Monument Road

Publisher's Comments:

Stark, beautiful landscapes attract all kinds. Artists and gawkers. Love birds and the lonely. Believers and scientists. Seekers and losers. Many have taken this road past estrangement and loss to healing and hope. Though not all have returned, they can still help him answer whether his life is over after all.

Monument Road is set at the beginning of the housing crash on the fringes of a boom and bust town in Western Colorado. Land values are starting to drop and properties bought in a speculative time are fraying around the edges. Leonard's relationship to the family homestead has always been uneasy because of the way it came to him, and after his wife dies, he sees the Reverse Dollar ranch as simply an asset to help him discharge his debts—if only there were buyers.

A real estate broker appears too late with an unconventional proposal that could benefit Leonard. He's already worked out his plan to the end. Let the bill collectors finish up the paperwork.

He's always lived with a fierce independence that won him more respect than friends. Relationships were always Inetta's department. But out here in this harsh place, something beyond social niceties binds people. Call it history. Call it shared pain. Everybody sometime has driven Monument Road.

CHARLIE QUIMBY is a fourth-generation Coloradan who spent most of his career in Minnesota after studying at Carleton College. Following an early stint as a bookseller and historical playwright, he wrote for the Minneapolis Star, Honeywell and then his own company, where he was an award-winning writer, annual report creative and marketing strategist. He is a co-author of Planning to Stay, a guide for how to assess your community and take control of its development. Since 2004, he’s blogged about culture and politics at Across the Great Divide and splits time between his two home states, where he writes fiction and volunteers with the homeless. He can be found online at charliequimby.com and in the real world near his wife, his son or his bicycle.



Julie Buckles & James M. Jackson

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

Julie Buckles & James M. Jackson

Join us for an afternoon of readings.

Julie Buckles was born in the driftless region of Wisconsin to a dairy farmer and a nurse. She studied history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Buckles has worked as a reporter and freelance writer and teaches journalism as an adjunct professor at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. She is a regular contributor to Lake Superior Magazine and WPR's Wisconsin Life. 

 Paddling to Winter: A Couple's Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to Northern Canada is a memoir that tells the story of how Julie and her husband, Charly Ray built a wood and canvas canoe, exchanged marriage vows, and paddled away from their front yard, planning to travel 2,700 miles to the Arctic Ocean and winter over in a tiny cabin. Told in Julie's page-turning style, their story is full of humor and humility, rapids and relationships, love and life. It's an adventure about a couple's wilderness journey from Lake Superior to the Canadian north.

James M. Jackson is the author of the Seamus McCree mysteries, Bad Policy (March 2013) and Cabin Fever (coming April 2014), published by Barking Rain Press. Bad Policy  won the Evan Marshall Fiction Makeover Contest. James splits his time between the Upper Peninsula of Michigan woods and Georgia’s low country, and has published an acclaimed book on contract bridge, One Trick at a Time: How to Start Winning Bridge (Master Point Press 2012).

Bad Policy - When private financial investigator Seamus McCree returns to Cincinnati after a routine business trip, he discovers that his home has become a crime scene for a brutal murder. The victim in his basement is an acquaintance from a previous corporate investigation-and endured bullets to both of his ankles, knees and elbows before the final shot to his forehead put him out of his misery. No one has seen an "IRA six pack" victim since the Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. Now the primary "person of interest" in the murder, Seamus must use his talent for logic and hard work to prove his innocence. Soon he uncovers a trail that leads back to his Boston roots-and a poisonous family feud dating from the divorce of Boston's Irish mafia and the Provisional IRA in the 1970s. Driven by the chilling realization that there was more behind the death of his policeman father than he ever knew, Seamus ignores warnings from the police, friends and enemies and continues to dig for the truth. As the body count climbs, all trails seem to lead back to him, and Seamus is forced to go underground to find out who is framing him - and why - before he becomes the next victim.

James P. Lenfestey

Thursday, October 9
6:30 pm at The Reader's Loft

James P. Lenfestey

Help us welcome James P. Lenfestey to the store for a reading from his new book, Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain
(available September 9, 2014 -Milkweed Editions)


Publisher's comments:

When award-winning poet and essayist James P. Lenfestey stumbled upon Han-Shan’s Cold Mountain poems in 1974, he found more than just literature, he found the medicine his spirit desperately needed. So thirty years later, when he decides to depart from his career in advertising and journalism to travel across the world to find the location of the legendary Cold Mountain cave, he embarks upon an inner journey as well.
 
Exploring the history of Chinese poetry and religion as he goes—from the enormous chanting hall of ten thousand Buddhas in Bailin Temple to the birthplace of Confucius—Lenfestey’s road-trip across China is a pilgrimage through language and landscape. His journey reveals his desire for calm reflection along with his unbridled curiosity and passion for knowledge. In the end he discovers not only the cave he seeks, but also the transformative power of poetry, the best tool we have for expressing the “incomprehensible joy” of our brief and precious lives.
 
Interspersed with poems by the author and Han-shan, Seeking the Cave is a journey suffused with humor and deep honesty that will appeal to lovers of poetry and travel writing alike. 

James P. Lenfestey is an award-winning academic, advertising executive, and journalist. He has published five books of poetry and a collection of essays. He currently chairs the Literary Witnesses poetry series and lives in Minneapolis.

Mark Allister

Saturday, October 11
2-4 PM at The Reader's Loft

Mark Allister

Mark Allister joins the Reader's Loft to share the story behind his upcoming book, Chasing the Light: The Cloud Cult Story
(available October 1, 2014 - University of Minnesota Press)

Publisher's Comments:

During the past decade, Minnesota-grown band Cloud Cult has become one of the most inspirational indie bands, with a deeply devoted fan base and an approach to music and the environment that is hard not to admire. Beyond a musical biography, "Chasing the Light "tells the story of the heartbreaking yet affirming journey of lead singer and songwriter Craig Minowa and delves into the career of the band known by music lovers as the least cynical and most idealistic band in the country.

Tracing Cloud Cult's rise to critical acclaim, author Mark Allister details the band's defining moments, beginning with the death of Craig and Connie Minowa's two-year-old son and the hundreds of songs that grew out of the tragic loss. Allister describes the band's unique philosophy and principles, including how Minowa created a zero carbon footprint for the band's recording and touring, adopting DIY and green-sustainable practices well before the ideas became mainstream. Allister also presents a first-person account of a day in the life of a quintessential indie band and conveys the immense emotional impact of Cloud Cult's albums and live shows. Described by a fan in the book as "the anthem for the soul searcher in us all," Cloud Cult's music and message are both stirring and sincere.

Featuring rarely seen photos from Cloud Cult's history and passionate testimonials by fans, "Chasing the Light" is a testament to the profound influence one band's personal evolution can have on its followers and on indie rock aficionados in search of beauty, meaning, and redemption.

Mark Allister is professor of English, environmental studies, and American studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He hosts a weekly radio show, "Prof Rock with Mark Allister."
Mark Wheat is a regular host on Minnesota Public Radio's The Current.



Manuscript Found in Accra

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

Manuscript Found in Accra

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion

Publisher's Comments:

The great wisdom of life is that we can be masters of the things that try to enslave us.

“There is nothing wrong with anxiety. Although we cannot control God’s time, it is part of the human condition to want to receive the thing we are waiting for as quickly as possible. Or to drive away whatever is causing fear. Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it — just as we have learned to live with storms."

1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the city’s gates. There, inside the ancient city’s walls, women and men of every age and faith have gathered to hear the wisdom of a mysterious man known only as the Copt.

As the wise man speaks of loyalty, fear, bravery and solitude, of love, sex, beauty and elegance, his words offer truth and guidance, and reveal the human values that have endured throughout time — then as now, his words reveal who we are, what we fear and what we hope for the future.

Orphan Doors

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

Orphan Doors

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion

Publisher's Comments:

When Bea Seidl was a young girl growing up in the Fox River Valley in northeastern Wisconsin, she was abruptly chaperoned in a fancy new dress to a new life. Before she could hardly make sense of what was happening, she was the newest resident of St. Joseph's Orphanage in Green Bay, where stern nuns, rigid regimens, and scant tenderness defined her days. She emerged from eight years there hard of heart and spirit but soon embarked on a life journey to rediscover the meaning of family in ways she did not imagine possible.

Orphan Doors is Seidl's inspiring, poignant memoir of survival and personal strength that is certain to resonate with anyone who believes in the resiliency of the human heart. Both deeply felt and delightfully humorous, her firsthand account of an abusive home and abandonment charts her beginnings in a dysfunctional family to her own attempts as an adult to forge a family of her own, a desire at times met with tragedy and ultimately with profound joy. In 1942, Seidl was given over to St. Joseph's Orphanage, with no explanation as to why her mother Glenda lost custody of her and her siblings. Most traumatic for the author was the loss of her older sister, who had long served as her protector in their chaotic household. At the punitive hands of Sister Edythe and other sisters at the orphanage, young Beatrice was given little comfort, immersing herself in schoolwork. However, she eventually found a rewarding life for herself in her beautiful and tender husband, Ken. It was not too long before fate intervened and a young, widowed Beatrice had to find a new path to a fulfilling, family life- and even a way back to the Catholic Church as a gratifying vocation.

As Seidl rises above dark days and emotional isolation, Orphan Doors offers an uplifting story of hope, happiness, and a good dose of plain silliness. It's a heartfelt testament to love, reconnection, and the healing power of laughter.

The Art Forger

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

The Art Forger

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion

Publisher's Comments:

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting — one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum — in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting — the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner — is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.

Claire’s search for the truth about the painting’s origins leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life. B. A. Shapiro’s razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make The Art Forger an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. It’s a dazzling novel about seeing — and not seeing — the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

                             

 

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