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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.

Marggie Hatala

Thursday, June 11
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Marggie Hatala

Please help us welcome to Marggie Hatala to the Reader's Loft as she discusses her book Sally: a Memoir

Publisher's notes: 

"Sally" is the honest and poignant story of a remarkable woman's fight to have her own healthcare decisions upheld throughout her aging and decline, and ultimately within hospice care. Told by her daughter who became her advocate, it lovingly examines this complex mother/daughter relationship, life within a very large extended family, and the spirituality that formed the basis for each of their lives. "Sally" is an uplifting account of the human journey through the end-of-life process, and demonstrates the metaphysical truths of this sacred time.

About the author:

Marggie Hatala is an End of Life Consultant, writing and speaking about issues related to the final stages of life. Marggie uses her extensive experience as a Hospice Registered Nurse and Reiki Master to lead her readers and clients to live life more fully as their fear of death dissolves. In her leisure time, Marggie is an avid knitter and quilter, and can be found exploring the natural beauty of Door County with her husband, Bob.

Patricia Skalka Returns to the Reader's Loft

Thursday, June 18
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft

Patricia Skalka Returns to the Reader

Patricia returns with the 2nd installment 
to the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries series with
Death at Gills Rock.

After tracking a clever killer in Death Stalks Door County, park ranger and former Chicago homicide detective Dave Cubiak is elected Door County sheriff. His newest challenge arrives as spring brings not new life but tragic death to the isolated fishing ...

Here's what critics have to say: 

“Lean, eloquent prose . . . an intricate web of deceit and revenge.”
— John Smolens, author of Cold and Quarantine

“A tight, lyrical first novel”
— Publishers Weekly

“A terrific mystery that captures both the beauty and wildness of this wonderful peninsula.”
— Mary Logue, author of the Claire Watkins Mystery series

“Who would have guessed that so many dark secrets and sinister deeds lurk beneath the surface of Door County’s idyllic communities? A very satisfying read, and the arrival of a fresh, talented voice.”
— Patrick Somerville, author of This Bright River

“A mesmerizing mystery, bucolic setting, bodies dropping everywhere, plenty of prime suspects and in Dave Cubiak, a man with a tragic past, the right guy to solve it.”
— Charles Salzberg, author of Shamus Award–nominated Swann’s Last Song and Devil in the Hole

An afternoon with Brookh Lyons

Saturday, June 20
1:00 PM at The Reader's Loft

An afternoon with Brookh Lyons

The Envelope System

A father’s relationship with his daughter is precious. Without an intimate way to connect, this bond can become lost or forgotten. The Envelope System provides an eternal time capsule, where you -- the hero of her life – are always remembered.

The Envelope System will help you:

-Create your legacy, no matter how long you spend together

-Communicate your wishes and concerns in a way that is well-received and appreciated

- Help your daughter develop a healthy self-esteem and make better life-choices

- Know the effort you put forth is as important as what you say

-And lots more!

About the Author

When her friend was diagnosed with a terminal illness, Dr. Brookh Lyons applied her knowledge to help him connect with his daughter in a lasting way through letters. Being in the health-and-wellness industries for more than 25 years, Brookh has also published three parenting magazines. In addition to her work with fathers, she is passionate about creating loving relationships between women and children in both her personal and professional life. Brookh’s motto is “our childhood and family relationships affect who we become, mirroring how we interact with the world around us.” Let’s create your legacy so you are both heard.

 

The Envelopes System is a way to share your life with your daughter so she will feel confident and successful because of you. 

Imagine Poetry Series: Poetry of Place

Thursday, June 25
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Imagine Poetry Series: Poetry of Place

This month the Imagine Poetry Series features Abraham Smith & Steve Timm. Come and join us for poetry, light refreshments, and an open mic to follow.

Abraham Smith

Abraham Smith hails from Ladysmith, Wisconsin. He has authored four full-length poetry collections: Ashagalomancy (Action Books, forthcoming); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007). Hick Poetics, co-edited with Shelly Taylor, an anthology of contemporary American rural poetry, is forthcoming from Lost Roads Press. His poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies such as The American Poetry Review, jubilat, Fence, Denver Quarterly, The Volta Book of Poets (Sidebrow Books, 2014), and Taos Poetry Circus: The '90's (Pennwhistle Press, 1999). His creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He is Instructor of English at the University of Alabama.

Steve Timm

Steve Timm has published two books of poetry, Un storia and Disparity (both from BlazeVOX), and one forthcoming in 2015, This’s That from But Still. He is also the author of 3 chapbooks and his poems have appeared in a wide variety of print and online journals. He is also known for performances of what Nick Demske once called “weird, jagged, manic, intense, beautiful sound poetry.” Steve lives in Madison, and teaches English as a second language at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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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