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- Midwest Connection: Nick Butler lives in Wisconsin and writes about his personal connection to Wisconsin and the Midwest.
- Shelf-talker: A Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church
- Contact: Sonya.Cheuse@harpercollins.com
Lyle Hovde’s daughter has become deeply involved with an extremist church. While reckoning with his own faith—or lack thereof—Lyle soon finds himself torn between his unease about the church and his desire to keep his daughter and grandson in his life. But when the church’s radical belief system threatens Isaac’s safety, Lyle is forced to make a decision from which the family may not recover.
“Powerful.... [Butler] skillfully handles the complicated—and heartbreaking—psychological and emotional complexities of this story, crafting a deeply moving novel about love, faith, and loss.... A beautifully realized meditation on the nature of parenting and living in a perplexing (and often cruel) world.” --Library Journal starred review
Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the author of the novel The Hearts of Men, the internationally bestselling and prizewinning novel Shotgun Lovesongs, and the acclaimed short story collection Beneath the Bonfire. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.
- Midwest Connection: Lorna Landvik is a Minneapolis author writing about life in a small, fictional Minnesota town
- Shelf-talker: A bittersweet, seriously funny novel of a life, a small town, and a key to our troubled times traced through a newspaper columnist’s half-century of taking in, and taking on, the world.
- Contact: Heather Skinner / firstname.lastname@example.org
With her customary warmth and wit, Lorna Landvik summons a lifetime at once lost and recovered, a complicated past that speaks with knowing eloquence to a confused present. Chronicles of a Radical Hag reminds us of the power of words and of silence, as well as the wonder of finding in each other what we never even knew we were missing.
"With a sprinkle of some very special Minnesota magic, Lorna Landvik has once again created an absolute delight on the page. Chronicles of a Radical Hag is a tribute to hardworking journalists, the power of feminism, and, as always, the importance of friends and family. Book clubs will be gathering with platters of Almond Crescents and coffee as they talk long into the night." —Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books
Lorna Landvik is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling Patty Jane’s House of Curl, Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Oh My Stars, Best to Laugh, and Once in a Blue Moon Lodge. She has performed stand-up and improvisational comedy around the country and is a public speaker, playwright, and actor.
- Midwest Connection: Annie was raised and currently lives in Kansas City
- Shelf-talker: A devoted wife, a loving husband and a chilling murder that no one saw coming. A thriller that started as a memoir
- Contact: Emer Flounders (email@example.com)
Maddie and Ian's love story began overseas; he was in the army and she was visiting her best friend, Jo. Two decades later, married with a son, they are living the perfect suburban life. But when an accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she reveals her fears about Ian's PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.
“What sets this remarkable book apart from other psychological thrillers is its breadth of scope—the story stretches over 15 years and moves from Kansas to the war-town Balkans to New York, and Iraq, and back again. Maddie, Ian and Joanna first meet halfway around the world, under dangerous circumstances, and their relationship with each other follows a long, twisted path that ends with a heinous crime. If you love a jaw-dropping third-act twist, you'll get that here...but it's these characters, and their story, that will stay with you. Just awesome.”
—Erika VanDam, Roscoe Books
Annie Ward has a BA in English Literature from UCLA and a MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her first short screenplay, Strange Habit, starring Adam Scott was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award winner at the Aspen Film Festival. She has received a Fulbright Scholarship and An Escape to Create Artists residency. She lives in Kansas with her family.
- Midwest Connection: Midwest Connection: Thomas D. Peacock is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior
(Anishinaabe Ojibwe) and divides his time between Duluth, Minnesota and Red Cliff, Wisconsin.
- Shelf-talker: Compelling and lyrical, Thomas Peacock's writing tells an exquisitely rich story of complex times. These moments are those that speak of the Anishinaabe experience and soul.
- Contact: Jim Perlman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny is the story of Donovan Manypenny. Raised by his grandparents on a northern Wisconsin Ojibwe reservation until their passing when he is ten years old, he becomes a ward of the state of Wisconsin and enters the child welfare system – foster care, children’s home, and adoption. The trauma he experiences as a result of losing his grandparents and way of life leads him to put his past behind him for over forty-three years. Then at the age of fifty-three, events in his life take him back to his childhood home, retracing the historical westward migration of his Ojibwe ancestors. Heartfelt and bittersweet, and layered with meaning, Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny will resonate with anyone who longs to make the journey home, wherever that may be, as well those who seek or have experienced cultural or spiritual awakening, and healing.
"Thomas Peacock’s thoughtful and inspiring novel is a true “Indin” story, a poignant journey home to Blueberry Road. Blending history, storytelling and personal reflection, this tender story is a reminder that our ties to family and place can survive even the deepest loss."
--Diane Wilson, author of Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past and Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life
For anyone who longs to make the journey home, wherever that may be, as well those who seek or have experienced cultural or spiritual awakening, and healing.
Fire in the Village: New & Selected Stories by Anne M. Dunn
John Beargrease: The Legend of Minnesota's North Shore by Daniel Lancaster
The Tao of Nookomis: Stories by Thomas D. Peacock
Thomas J. Peacock is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior (Anishinaabe Ojibwe). Several of his books (Ojibwe Waasa Inaabida, The Good Path) were Minnesota Book Award winners. The Seventh Generation won a national Multicultural Children’s Book of the Year award. Other books include A Forever Story, Collected Wisdom, The Tao of Nookomis, The Four Hills of Life and To Be Free. An illustrated children’s book, The Forever Sky, will be released in 2019. He lives with his wife, Betsy, in Little Sand Bay, Red Cliff, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota.