Wisconsin author Kathleen Ernst will be visiting the Alice Baker Library for two programs on Wednesday, March 26 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. and from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. The first program will be an "American Girl" program for children and their families and the second will be a talk and preview of the next book in the Chloe Ellefson series for adults. Her first book in the series was "Old World Murder", a mystery set in Eagle, Wisconsin.
Come and meet Deborah and Zachary Posca on Friday, November 1 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.. This brother and sister
team began writing "Tales from the Kingdome" when Deborah was fifteen
and Zachary was thirteen. More recently, they have begun work on their
second novel. For teens and adults - pizza will be provided.
The Alice Baker Library proudly hosts an event with New York Times bestselling author Lesley Kagen on Saturday, October 19 from 3pm - 4pm. She loved books as a child and was drawn to words, especially poetry. She often tells her stories from the viewpoint of children. All of her books deal with profound loss but she weaves humor and hope into her stories. This program is presented through the generosity of Century Fence and Buscher Properties. There will be time for questions and answers, book signing, and refreshments. Hosted by the Friends of Alice Baker Library Eagle.
I went to a panel discussion at the Southeastern Wisconsin Book Festival titled "What Do Women Want?". I was intrigued by the title and wasn't sure what it would be about. There were a couple of genres represented on the panel -- Literary Fiction, Romance, and Women's Ficiton. The gist was that publishers are putting authors in genres such as Women's Fiction to sell their books. A marketing ploy? And why is there not Men's Fiction as a genre?
Thank you to Wisconsin author Kathleen Ernst for coming to Eagle yesterday and doing her Caroline Abbott American Girl mystery program. There were 109 in attendance! It was exciting to have so many girls and boys express an interest in reading, writing, and history.
In her hour-long illustrated program she shared some of the stories behind the stories of the fifteen children's books she has written for the Middleton, WI-based American Girl company. Afterwards she answered questions from the girls, and posed for photos with them. And the library gave away a beautiful Caroline Abbott doll!
Kathleen Ernst also did a Chloe Ellefson mystery program for adults. She spoke about her first three books and then previewed a fourth book which will release this fall. The setting for the fourth book is Iowa.
Maeve Binchy was a former teacher and journalist and didn't write her first novel until she was 42 years old. She was one of the most popular authors of contemporary Irish literature. She passed away yesterday at 72 years old. She wrote many best sellers and her 18th book will release later this year. She was loved by many and will be missed.
Erica Bauermeister is the author of the bestselling novel The School of Essential Ingredients (Putnam, 2009) which follows the lives of eight students and their teacher in a cooking class held in a restaurant kitchen. Her new novel, Joy for Beginners (Putnam, June 2011) explores what happens to seven women who challenge one another to do one thing in the next year that is new or difficult or scary. The twist? - they don't get to choose their own challenges. Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, has called Joy for Beginners "moving, touching, wonderfully written; inspiring to read." Both of these books may be placed on hold through your local library.