Wisconsin

The Queen by Steven James

I like to read books with a Wisconsin connection, and The Queen is a Christian thriller in the Patrick Bowers series that is set in northern Wisconsin. All of the books in the series are named for chess pieces starting with the first book The Pawn. This is a great book to read for those who like suspense and espionage.

FDL Visual Arts member show in Dec

The 21 members of Fond du Lac Visual Arts have collaborated in a show aptly named “21,” at the Fond du Lac Public Library gallery through December. Each member submitted two works, and the range is vast. Jewelry, ceramics, watercolor, collage, oils … it’s a multimedia exhibit that showcases the diversity of the group.

Bone House by Brian Freeman

A thriller set in Door County. The book starts with a prologue. Ten year old Glory Fischer witnesses a fire that destroys the Bone family house and kills the mother and 2 sons. Daughter Jen survives because she was having a sleep-over with Glory’s older sister Tresa. The story picks up six years later. Mark and Hilary Bradley moved to Door County from the Chicago area. Both are teachers, but Mark’s job was cut after allegations that he had an affair with Tresa. Both say it is not true. Hilary and Mark are vacationing in Florida where Hilary is watching a college dance team competition.

Christmas Tree Ship program Dec 13

In the 1900s, holidays in Chicago meant the arrival of The Christmas Tree Ship, which carried hundreds of freshly cut northern evergreens to brighten the streets and homes of the city.

If you dare: 'Visiting the Beyond' Oct 24

Paranormal explorer Curt Strutz, cast member of the cable show, “Paranormal Generation,” will present an exciting program rich in history, storytelling and personal experiences to set the mood for Halloween. “Visiting the Beyond” will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 24, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is recommended for teens and adults.

Big Guy Hats getting attention

Wisconsin is in a state of sports nirvana. The Packers and Badgers are undefeated, and the Brewers are battling the Diamondbacks in the playoffs.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

I am interested in reading books with a Wisconsin connection—either the author is from Wisconsin or the setting is Wisconsin. In this case both the author and the setting have a Wisconsin connection. Chad Harbach grew up in Racine and has set his debut novel The Art of Fielding in Wisconsin at a fictional college called Westish which is somewhere north of Milwaukee and south of Door County.

FDL Reads celebrates Coach Lombardi

He was a perfectionist who expected as much out of his players and his family as he expected from himself. He was a complicated man from simple origins, the son of an Italian butcher who grew up in Brooklyn. He was a good player, hardnosed and hard working, but at 5’8,” too small for big-time football, so he turned to coaching. His perfectionism became an obsession with winning.

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