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A new anthology from Wisconsin writers

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Greg Peck
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

“A Wisconsin Harvest Volume II” is the first major book from the Wisconsin Writers Association Press. It is a 398-page trade paperback containing 58 pieces by 38 authors, 33 of whom are living. The pieces range from one page to a 59-page play and represent a variety of literary forms (prose, poetry and drama) and genre (memoir, fiction, supernatural and science fiction).

To assemble the book, WWA Press Manager Rodney Schroeter chose pieces that were “related to Wisconsin, by theme or by authorship.” His choice of title is based on the first “Wisconsin Harvest,” edited and published in 1966 by August Derleth.

“That was an eclectic collection of Wisconsin Regional Writers Association (WRWA) members,” Schroeter explains. “The present anthology is an homage to the first book, published decades ago, and is hopefully the beginning of a series of books to be published by the WWA Press in the decades ahead.” (The WWA voted last year to drop “Regional” from its name, transitioning from WRWA to WWA.)

The cover art for the book was done by Oshkosh artist Jon Wos, whose work can be viewed at his website.

I got my first look at this new anthology last weekend when I attended the WWA's Fall Conference in Wisconsin Rapids. I am proud to say I have three stories in the book. One is a previously unpublished story I wrote about visiting an uncle who suffered from Alzheimer's. That piece, “Taking Time,” took second in the Article category of the WWA's 2009 Jade Ring contests. Another story, “Fishing with Father,” tells how my dad got me hooked on what has become a lifetime hobby. A version of that story, encouraging readers to take kids fishing, appeared in The Gazette on May 28, 2000. The third story, “Now, I Walk Alone,” is adapted from a blog I wrote Jan. 5, 2011, about our dog Trapper.

Schroeter designed and edited the book, and he did a find job. I tried to get all of the writers whose stories appear in the anthology and who were attending last weekend's conference to sign a copy for me.

The first printing was limited to 100 copies, each of which is signed and numbered by Schroeter. Some copies are still available, and a second printing is planned. Email Schroeter at pubprs@wiwrite.org for information.

For more information about the WWA Press and other association activities, click on wiwrite.org.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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