Sunday May 26 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM
"I am not sure Wisconsin has ever produced a better storyteller than Bill Stokes. He proved it for decades as a newspaper columnist with a marvelous affinity for rogues and rascals--anyone who wasn't boring. Now we learn that Bill saved his best story for last. This is a wonderful novel, over half a century in the making, and worth every day of the wait."--Doug Moe, author of The World of Mike Royko
"Moving, thoughtful, and romantic in the classic sense, Bill Stokes's novel Margaret's War brings to life the struggle of one young woman to change the course of history or go down in glorious defeat, set against the backdrop of a rural America that would soon be changed forever."-- Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of Deep End of the Ocean
15-year-old Billy juggles the broken heart, the trampled soul, and the fragile sanity of a beautiful young woman when male egos grab and grope at her with the absurd hands of war.
The isolated small town where Billy and Margaret live is suddenly thrust into the brutal reality of World War II when German POWs are brought in to help with crop harvesting. The face-to-face contact with the killers of their sons is not only beyond the capacities of Gold Star mothers, but twists the thinking of everyone, including Margaret, who is determined to challenge fate. That challenge gets Margaret, Billy, and his outrageous older friend and mentor Cy immersed in a women-empowering scheme to turn war on its historical head.
What finally happens is as unpredictable as to where Billy's beloved dog Toby will next mark his territory.
Sunday June 09 | 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Join Taliesin Preservation, Inc., Wisconsin Historical Society Press, and Arcadia Books for a reception and talk with author and photographer Mark Hertzberg at the Hillside Theater on the Taliesin Estate, Sunday, June 9, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. This is a free event open to the public.
Commissioned by Chicago capitalist Fred B. Jones around 1900, Penwern has received both national and state recognition. The home’s current stewards have dedicated themselves to restoring the estate to Wright’s vision, ensuring its future.
Featuring beautiful color photographs, plus vintage black and white pictures and original Wright drawings, this book transports readers back to the glory days of gracious living and entertaining on the lake.
Mark Hertzberg is the author and photographer of three books about Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in Racine, Wisconsin. An award-winning photojournalist, Hertzberg was director of photography of The Journal Times in Racine until his retirement in March 2012. He serves on the board of directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Tourism Heritage Program.
Dean Robbins and John Heasley
Saturday June 15 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Local children's book author Dean Robbins will join us at the Spring Green Community Library to explore what it means to be a hero through the use of brave historical figures like Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Alice Paul, Margaret Hamilton and Alan Bean. He also delves into the secrets of being a writer and putting together a book. There will be a book reading & signing of his newest title, The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean, celebrating the only artist to travel in outer space. John Heasley will also present a moon-related activity! Great for all ages, especially K-5.
This program is possible thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium to help make 2019 the year of space at the library!
Saturday September 21 | 5:30PM - 6:30PM
On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston’s sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.
In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive."