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Meet the Authors

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Jamie Swenson
November 17, 2011

When I was growing up, I was lucky to know one real-live, local, published author – Kathy Kennedy Tapp. Kathy worked at the Janesville Public Library and I thought she was awesome (I still think she’s awesome). I still remember the summer her book, The Scorpio Ghosts and the Black Hole Gang, was used as the theme for the reading program and the library actually had a “crashed” school bus out on the lawn (remember that?). I was amazed by Kathy - to think – she actually wrote books that were on the shelves of our library and I could check them out! There is no question that knowing Kathy helped direct me on my path to becoming an author.

I wish I could think of a better transition here, but I can’t so:

Do you know any local authors? Want to meet a few? Come down to Hedberg Public Library on Saturday, November 19th from between 1-3 p.m. The Program Room will be filled with local writers – waiting to meet, greet, and sign some books (gifts anyone??).

Here’s a list of authors who will on hand:

Den and Judy Adler - authors of Janesville and other titles

Don Allison - author of Black Bridge Road

Kimberly A. Blanchette - author of The Master and The Student and many other collections of poetry

Mary Farley - author of In My Own Words as well as other poems and short stories

Richard Haney - author of When is Daddy coming home?: an American family during World War II as well as several other books and articles

Clark Kidder - author of Emily's Story, Orphan Trains and their Precious Cargo and several books on Marilyn Monroe

Tom McBride and Ron Nief - authors of The Mindset Lists of American History : From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think Is Normal

Todd Mishler - author of Blood, Sweat and Cheers: Great Football Rivalries of the Big Ten and other sports books featuring Wisconsin teams

Cheryl and R. Kise Mitby - authors of Overtime Over Time and other books of poetry

Ruth Ann Montgomery - author of Evansville, and other historical books on the area

Greg Peck - author of Death Beyond the Willows

Jerry Peterson - author of Early's Fall and other crime novels set in Kansas, Tennessee and Wisconsin

Dorothy Sherman - author of Cornflowers by the Roadside

John Watson - author of The Golden Ball

Dale Wright - author of Democracy in Freefall and the 2012 spring release America's Clock is Ticking

Should be a great time … and since many people are now trying to Buy Local … what better way to support some LOCAL authors and get some new reading material? Plus, I think a signed copy of a book is a FABULOUS gift idea.

Happy Reading!



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