I am interested in books with a Wisconsin connection and was excited to see this debut Wisconsin author speak at the Public Library Association convention in March. Shotgun Lovesongs is set in the small fictional town of Little Wing near Eau Claire and is narrated alternately by Henry, Lee, Ronny, Kip, and Beth who are all in their early 30s. Henry is a farmer and married to Beth. Lee has become a famous musician. Ronny is a former rodeo star and recovering alcoholic who now has brain damage.
Nantucket is known as an island of the privileged class, or so most of us think. It has its share of unique individuals, some with old money, some with new money, and some with no money at all. In Nantucket Sawbuck, author Steven Axelrod reveals scandal and intrigue behind the scenes in one of America’s most exclusive resort towns - all because of the murder of an evil tycoon named Preston Lomax.
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to drop in after school to celebrate the 44th annual Earth Day at the Fond du Lac Public Library. From 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, kids can stop in to make a planet-friendly craft to take home and enjoy a healthy after-school snack. The program is free; no registration required.
Spring break time is movie time at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Kids are pop in to watch the movie Hop and enjoy snacks at 10 a.m. Friday, April 18. For children ages 12 and younger (5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). The program is free; no registration required.
The wildly popular weekly American History class offered by Marian University at the Fond du Lac Public Library will conclude in April with five classes, marching through to 1865. Classes meet at 6 p.m. The schedule:
April 2: Revolution and early national period styles and regionalism, Part one
I liked fairy tales as a child and was drawn to this new book While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell--a retelling of the tale of Sleeping Beauty with an emphasis on court life and power struggles rather than magic. It is fantasy that reads like historical fiction.