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Asylum

Tuesday, May 10
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft

Asylum

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion


For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program — it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum — a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

Local Author Charles P. Ries

Thursday, May 19
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

Local Author Charles P. Ries

Charles P. Ries, author of The Fathers We Find: The Making of a Pleasant, Humble Boy

Here at The Reader's Loft, we welcome native Wisconsin author, Charles P. Ries reading and signing copies of his new book, The Father's We Find. This story is set in rural Southeast Wisconsin during the 1950's through the 1970's. A near autobiographical tale based on the experiences of "Chuck," the narrator, had growing up on a mink farm just outside the Sheboygan, WI area shape the story as if one were there.  Through a series of fun loving characters in a small town parish, this crowd pleaser will easily bring one back to the good old days.

Publishers Weekly Review

Every family–every life–should have a chronicler as honest, clear-eyed, and loving as Charles Ries. —Larry Watson

About the Author: Charles P. Ries lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His narrative poems, short stories, interviews, and poetry reviews have appeared in over two hundred print and electronic publications. He has received five Pushcart Prize nominations for his writing. He was awarded the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association “Jade Ring” Award for humorous poetry and awarded Outstanding Achievement recognition by the Wisconsin Library Association Awards Committee for his full collection of poetry, Girl Friend & Other Mysteries of Love. Ries currently works at Marquette University and is Senior Director of Development Design and Innovation in University Advancement.

I Remember Interview with Charles P. Ries

Wendy McClure and Christine Keleny

Saturday, May 21 - 11:00 AM

Wendy McClure - Wanderville Series 

Wendy McClure is an author, a columnist, and a children’s book editor.  She is the author of  "The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie", which won the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for nonfiction in 2011, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Her 2005 memoir, "I’m Not the New Me", was featured in publications such as Time Magazine, USA Today, Elle, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her infamous online collection of vintage Weight Watcher recipe cards and commentary was published in the 2006 humor book "The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan".  Since 2004 she has written the pop culture column for BUST Magazine. Additionally, her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Glamour, The Chicago Sun-Times, and on the radio program This American Life. She has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.


Her work in children’s books includes her historical fiction series, Wanderville, and she has edited over fifty novels and picture books for children as a senior editor at Albert Whitman & Company. 
She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and now lives in Chicago with her husband, Chris, in a neighborhood near the river.


Christine Keleny - Intrigue in Istanbul: An Agnes Kelly Murder Mystery


Christine Keleny is a writer, reader, author, editor, book designer/publisher and mother of two. She considers herself a jack of all trades and master of none. She likes working with her hands so when the need or desire arises, she'll crochet, sew, tile, paint, cross stitch, quilt, frame pictures, stain furniture, cut and split fire wood, x-country ski, train and ride horses…


"My free time is mostly spent writing.  I Started writing in college (a while ago!) and haven't stopped since. For a reason I don't really know, ʼround about 2003 I decided I wanted to write a novel. Up to that point I had been writing short children's stories, but never pursued publication. In March of 2008 "Rosebloom" was born. And as any writer can tell you, it was a birth! It was perhaps a bit more for me since I self published the work, which isn't particularly hard, but just takes a lot of time. (I didn't use on online method but went through a brick and mortar printer)."


"In 2010 I published book II in the series - "A Burnished Rose" - and I finished the screenplay for that same story. I published the third and final novel in the Rose Series - "Rose from the Ashes" - in September, 2012. I also finished a memoir for a friend who is a recovering addict and alcoholic. Next came a short Christmas story titled, "The Red Velvet Box", because I was inspired. My historical fiction novel about the creation and creators of Nancy Drew "Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up" was a finalist for a Midwest book Award! To see all of my books, go to christinekelenybooks.com."


"In general, I love writing, reading, and helping others meet their publishing goals. I'm having the time of my life!"


Book Signing with Scott Pribyl

Saturday, June 4
1:00 - 3:00 PM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

Book Signing with Scott Pribyl

Miracle Man

Scott Pribyl will visit the store to sign his book Miracle Man: Beating the Odds, Cheating Death. In 2008, Scott underwent emergency surgery at St. Vincent Hospital for Acute Aortic Dissection  injury - a serious and life threatening aortic disease.  


Join Scott at the table to hear his story. 

J. F. Riordan

Saturday, June 11
1:00 PM at The Reader's Loft

J. F. Riordan

J.F. Riordon 

The Audacity of Goats
 (North of the Tension Line Book 2) 

Washington Island is a mysterious place, and from the first moment I crossed Death’s Door on the ferry it cast its spell over me. Every day I spend away from there--which is most of the time--feels as if I have been torn away from something essential to my well-being. It is my longing to return, I suppose, that led me to write about life on the Island. - J.F. Riordan

Book two in the award-winning North of the Tension Line series, The Audacity of Goats is the continued tale of Fiona Campbell and her reluctant adventures among the pleasure, mystery, and exasperation of small town life.

Publisher's comments:

All is not well north of the tension line.  A series of unsettling nighttime incidents have left the islanders uncertain whether to be nervous or annoyed. Are they victims of an elaborate teenage prank, or is there a malevolent stranger lurking on the island? Meanwhile, out-of-state owners of a new goat farm seem to consider themselves the self-proclaimed leaders of the island. Pali, the ferry captain, is troubled by his own unique version of writer's block. Ben, the captain's ten year-old son, appears to be hiding something. It is only when the imperturbable Lars Olafsen announces his retirement, and Stella declares her candidacy for office, that the islanders realize trouble is brewing. Fiona must decide whether it is time to leave the island for good or to make another reckless gamble.

J.F. Riordan was born in New Jersey and first moved to Michigan, then Wisconsin as a child. At the age of 14 she decided to become an opera singer.  At 16, after two years of high school, she went to the University of New Mexico to study voice, continued her music studies in Chicago and Milwaukee, and ultimately became a professional singer. Homesick after years of travel, she came home to the Midwest, finished her college degree, and became certified to teach high school. She taught for three years in the inner city before taking a position as a program officer. She lives in exile from Washington Island with her husband and two dogs. 


The Invention of Wings

Tuesday, June 14
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft

The Invention of Wings

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion


Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd's sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each others destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women's rights movements.

Linda Vander Heyden

Saturday, June 18 - 11:00 AM
Linda Vander Heyden

Story Time with Linda Vander Heyden

Linda joins us at the Reader's Loft to share her debut children's book, Mr. McGinty's Monarchs. Mr. McGinty and his dog Sophie while walking one day discover that all of the milkweed in town has been mowed down! Mr. McGinty knows monarch caterpillars need milkweed to survive. He and Sophie must come up with a plan to save the monarchs. With themes of friendship, environmentalism and teamwork, Mr. McGinty's Monarchs is sure to find a place among your favorites.

Linda has always loved nature and, as a child, spent many summers at her family’s cottage, captivated by frogs and butterflies. She hopes her book will inspire others to protect and save these remarkable butterflies. Linda lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and two horses.

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.

Butterfly Theatre Company Presents: Create Your Own Story

Wednesday, July 13 - 11:00 AM

From Page to Stage

Kids create their own story and act it out

Kids will use their imaginations to create their own stories

At the end of the workshop kids will perform their stories

They will learn story components such as plot, character, conflict, action and conclusion

Directed by Erin Hunsader

Ages 5-10

$8.00 per participant

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


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. 

A Fireside Chat with Jane Hamilton & Rebecca Meacham

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

A Fireside Chat with 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


Details coming soon.......

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?

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.

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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