Issue # 191, Nov. 25, 2011

Tommy & John

William O’Neill’s book on early American history, shown through the eyes of Irish

by Sarah Dobs

With a long and celebrated Irish heritage of his own, Menomonie author William O’Neill drew inspiration for his new book from the strength his ancestors had during one of the bleakest moments in their history.

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Issue # 188, Oct. 13, 2011

2011 Chippewa Valley Book Festival

2011’s featured writers deal in poetry, politics, and fantasy

by Lindsey Matysik

This year’s Chippewa Valley Book Festival features authors for every interest. The annual event, now in its 12th year, held throughout the Chippewa Valley celebrates authors with connections to the Midwest.

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Issue # 188, Oct. 13, 2011

Short and Sweet

Jacci DeWolfe’s Closure and Other Stories

by Kristin Frosch

Relationships, even in their most superficial forms, tend to unravel the complexities of human nature, forcing us to challenge our own self-awareness and understanding of our place in time and space.

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Issue # 188, Oct. 13, 2011

The Thread

author attempts to bring new life to ancient text

photos by Andrea Paulseth

The opening lines of Nathan Anderson’s first book, Jak and the Scarlet Thread, do not foretell the danger and gripping adventures Jak will soon face. From Anderson’s official website, “On the journey, 12-year old Jak Hamelton...

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Issue # 186, Sept. 15, 2011

Take a Book, Leave a Book

statewide ‘Little Library’ project comes to Eau Claire in big way

by Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

In Eau Claire’s Boyd Park, there’s a little wooden box affixed to a post. It looks like a tiny, rustic cabin. The small wooden sign on top asks you to “Take a Book, Leave a Book,” and if you open the front door, you’ll find...

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Issue #177 May 12th, 2011

Wisconsin Gangster Guide

local paranormal author/investigator goes gangster on us

by Andrew Patrie

The man who made his name as a seeker of things that go bump in the night is about to exhume the pasts of people who could bump you off. Chad Lewis is returning to the region with tales that tread the realm of the natural despite his predilection...

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Issue # 176 Apr. 28th, 2011

Taking a Shot

Stout math professor writes a young adult sports novel

by Trevor Kupfer, photos by Leah Dunbar

“Now that I see people reading it and loving it, I might like to write a few more. ... And it just so happens that I have a sabbatical coming up next year. So, perfect timing!” – Jeanne Foley on her fiction debut, Shooting Two

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Issue #168 Jan. 6th, 2011

Fancy Horse Whisperer

Kristi Schumacher releases first of a trilogy of children’s books

photos by Andrea Paulseth

It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that beauty lies within. In the newly released The Legend of the Fancy Horse, local author and Eau Claire native Kristi Schumacher gracefully reminds us of those messages.

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Issue #167 Dec. 16th, 2010

Yare' Darkness Bound

local author releases first book in fantasy trilogy

by Eric Larson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“I had this folder full of ideas, and this one just kind of moved to the forefront over time. I decided to just finally write it.”– writer Travis Ludvigson

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Issue #165 Nov. 18th, 2010

Sword Story

new fantasy adventure novel The Bone Sword

by Kristin Frosch, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Local fantasy author Walter Rhein has just released his latest epic adventure tale, The Bone Sword, distributed by Rhemalda Publishing, this month.

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Issue #159 August 26th, 2010

Writing On Your Own

local novelist Jaron Lee Knuth

by Matt Ledger, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“If I were to make an analogy to movies, I would say my first novel is more of the summer blockbuster type, and then the second one is more of like the indie film.” – Jaron Lee Knuth

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Issue #157 July 29th, 2010

What Lies Beneath

local writer inserts moral lesson into “adult fairytale”

by Kelsey Swanson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For what is perceived by most as inappropriate subject matter, Finisterre seems to take erotica to a higher intellectual level, introducing a lyrical tale of open-mindedness.

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