Apostle Island Booksellers' Theron O'Connor Pens Pointed Letter to the Editor of Wisconsin State Journal
In response to declining populations in over half of Wisconsin's counties last year, Theron O'Connor of Bayfield WI's Apostle Islands Booksellers penned the following letter to the editors of Wisconsin State Journal:
In Apostle Islands Booksellers most recent newsletter, which redistributed the letter to their customers, the bookstore also added the following statement:
Sometimes our friends can unwittingly be among our worst enemies. Wisconsin Public Radio is a great, long-term institution in our state. We understand their financial pressures as more and more “public” funds are withdrawn. But, the damage done to rural Wisconsin communities by its partnership with Amazon.com, Inc. is unacceptable. We ask that you support us in our effort to get their attention and revisit their mission of “strengthening Wisconsin’s communities.”
At the 2013 Heartland Fall Forum, MIBA and GLIBA honored poet, novelist, essayist, food connessuir, and outdoorsman Jim Harrison with the first jointly-given "Voice of the Heartland Award." Harrison attended the trade show and conference's awards ceremony and spoke from his table about his relationship to the Midwest, where he grew up and where many of his novels are set. Harrison died at 78 years old on Sunday, March 27 2016.
Watch video captured by an audience member of Jim Harrison's Voice of the Heartland Award acceptance speech below.
Click the links below for more information about Jim Harrison's life and passing.
As reported by Minnesota Public Radion, Pat and Gary Frovarp have sold Once Upon a Crime Books in Minneapolis after 14 successful years. The couple is retiring. New owners Dennis Abraham, Meg Kelly-Abraham and their Daughter Denise plan to expand the store's online presence.
Read the full story from MPR here.