2013 Winter Book Series http://northernpublicradio.org en Author, Father Share Brief Reunion In California Surf http://northernpublicradio.org/post/author-father-share-brief-reunion-california-surf <p></p><p>Imagine your father pulling you out of school to tell you he killed a man. How would you react to this news?</p><p><a href="http://www.authorkellydaniels.com/" target="_blank">Kelly Daniels</a> was nine when his father announced he killed a cousin, a drug dealer. The elder Daniels was already a stranger, having left his family months earlier.</p><p>Driving away from the school, his father says, "You can cry if you want."</p><p>Daniels describes his reaction in Chapter 1 of <em>Cloudbreak, California</em>:</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:24:04 +0000 Dan Klefstad 40886 at http://northernpublicradio.org Author, Father Share Brief Reunion In California Surf Poems Spring From Author's Dreams http://northernpublicradio.org/post/poems-spring-authors-dreams <p></p><p>"Noctambulous" means of, pertaining to, or given to sleepwalking, according to Dictionary.com. It is also the first poem in a new collection by Ricardo Mario Am├ęzquita:</p><p></p><p><em>Solid ground&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; floating on sea</em></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:40:18 +0000 Dan Klefstad 40557 at http://northernpublicradio.org Poems Spring From Author's Dreams Thinking Like Thoreau At Michigan Cabin http://northernpublicradio.org/post/thinking-thoreau-michigan-cabin <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In the 1850s, Henry David Thoreau spent two years at a cabin in the woods near Concord, Mass. The cabin, at Walden Pond, is where he wrote his most famous work, <em>Walden; or, Life in the Woods</em>. In it, he writes:</p><blockquote><p>I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately ... to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life ... to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:33:11 +0000 Dan Klefstad 40161 at http://northernpublicradio.org Thinking Like Thoreau At Michigan Cabin Poems Recount Love, Death in Modern Troy http://northernpublicradio.org/post/poems-recount-love-death-modern-troy <p></p><p></p><p>In the late 14th Century, poet Geoffrey Chaucer mined Greek mythology to retell the story of two lovers from ancient Troy. His book, <em>Troilus and Criseyde</em>, is considered by scholars to be his best work.</p><p>You'll find a synopsis below, but the first thing you should know is this: On his deathbed, Chaucer renounced the poem.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:27:20 +0000 Dan Klefstad 39886 at http://northernpublicradio.org Poems Recount Love, Death in Modern Troy Trust The Snakewoman? Novelist Defends His Narrator http://northernpublicradio.org/post/trust-snakewoman-novelist-defends-his-narrator <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Sunny is a woman just released from prison for attempting to kill her husband, a snake-handling preacher. Jackson is an anthropologist who falls in love with Sunny, but then joins her estranged husband to research religious snake handling.</p><p>This is the basic premise of <em>Snakewoman of Little Egypt,</em> a novel by <a href="http://www.roberthellenga.com/" target="_blank">Robert Hellenga</a>.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:25:25 +0000 Dan Klefstad 39542 at http://northernpublicradio.org Trust The Snakewoman? Novelist Defends His Narrator Winter Book Series Returns http://northernpublicradio.org/post/winter-book-series-returns <p></p><p>Who's writing the best literature in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin?</p><p>That's a question WNIJ's Dan Klefstad tries to answer twice a year. This December, his Winter Book Series will feature works by five authors which, he says, convey a strong sense of place:</p><p>"We handle snakes at a Pentecostal gathering in southern Illinois," Klefstad says. "We reconnect with nature at a Michigan cabin. In another, we meet Troilus and Criseyde of ancient Troy, but this time their tragedy plays out in Wisconsin."</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:06:05 +0000 WNIJ 39320 at http://northernpublicradio.org Winter Book Series Returns Virtual Book Club This Saturday http://northernpublicradio.org/post/virtual-book-club-saturday <p>(Updated Nov. 15th)</p><p>Here's what book lovers are already tweeting about <em>Snakewoman of Little Egypt</em>:</p><p>"Do you know of any actual snake-handling churches in IL? Ever been to a service?"</p><p>"Church of the Burning Bush With Signs Following?&nbsp; (Where did that name come from)?"</p><p>"How did <a class="twitter-atreply pretty-link" dir="ltr" href="https://twitter.com/RobertHellenga"><s>@</s><b>RobertHellenga</b></a> come up with the name Thomas Ford University?<b>"</b></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:30:16 +0000 WNIJ 37728 at http://northernpublicradio.org Virtual Book Club This Saturday #readwithWNIJ http://northernpublicradio.org/post/readwithwnij <p>Join WNIJ and your fellow book lovers for a community reading of a novel from our Winter Book Series.</p><p><em>Snakewoman of Little Egypt </em>kicks off the series in December but on Saturday, Nov. 16, you&#39;ll have an opportunity to tweet your questions and comments to the author, <a href="http://www.roberthellenga.com/" target="_blank">Robert Hellenga</a>, during an interview with Dan Klefstad. Use the Twitter hashtag above to be part of this special event.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:04:04 +0000 WNIJ 36958 at http://northernpublicradio.org #readwithWNIJ And The Winter Book Series Authors Are... http://northernpublicradio.org/post/and-winter-book-series-authors-are <p>Who&#39;s writing the best literature in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin?</p><p>That&#39;s a question WNIJ&#39;s Dan Klefstad tries to answer twice a year. This December, his Winter Book Series will feature works by five authors which, he says, convey a strong sense of place:</p><p>&quot;We handle snakes in a Pentecostal church in southern Illinois,&quot; Klefstad says. &quot;We reconnect with nature in a Michigan cabin. In another, we meet Troilus and Criseyde of ancient Troy, but this time their tragedy plays out in Wisconsin.&quot;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:11:34 +0000 WNIJ 36891 at http://northernpublicradio.org And The Winter Book Series Authors Are...