2013 Winter Book Series

2013 Winter Book Series
6:24 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Author, Father Share Brief Reunion In California Surf

Imagine your father pulling you out of school to tell you he killed a man. How would you react to this news?

Kelly Daniels 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.

Driving away from the school, his father says, "You can cry if you want."

Daniels describes his reaction in Chapter 1 of Cloudbreak, California:

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2013 Winter Book Series
6:40 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Poems Spring From Author's Dreams

"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 Amézquita:

Solid ground                        floating on sea

not lost                                  iceberg belief

isolated                                 suspended

to reoccur                            cyclic amnesia

From myself                         in vacuum

the picture of a flame/ reaching home

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2013 winter book series
6:33 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Thinking Like Thoreau At Michigan Cabin

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, Walden; or, Life in the Woods. In it, he writes:

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.

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2013 Winter Book Series
6:27 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Poems Recount Love, Death in Modern Troy

In the late 14th Century, poet Geoffrey Chaucer mined Greek mythology to retell the story of two lovers from ancient Troy. His book, Troilus and Criseyde, is considered by scholars to be his best work.

You'll find a synopsis below, but the first thing you should know is this: On his deathbed, Chaucer renounced the poem.

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Arts
6:25 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Trust The Snakewoman? Novelist Defends His Narrator

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.

This is the basic premise of Snakewoman of Little Egypt, a novel by Robert Hellenga.

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Arts
9:06 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Winter Book Series Returns

Who's writing the best literature in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin?

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:

"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."

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Winter Book Series, #readwithwnij
11:30 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Virtual Book Club This Saturday

(Updated Nov. 15th)

Here's what book lovers are already tweeting about Snakewoman of Little Egypt:

"Do you know of any actual snake-handling churches in IL? Ever been to a service?"

"Church of the Burning Bush With Signs Following?  (Where did that name come from)?"

"How did come up with the name Thomas Ford University?"

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Winter Book Series, #readwithwnij
5:04 am
Wed October 2, 2013

#readwithWNIJ

Join WNIJ and your fellow book lovers for a community reading of a novel from our Winter Book Series.

Snakewoman of Little Egypt kicks off the series in December but on Saturday, Nov. 16, you'll have an opportunity to tweet your questions and comments to the author, Robert Hellenga, during an interview with Dan Klefstad. Use the Twitter hashtag above to be part of this special event.

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Arts
7:11 am
Tue October 1, 2013

And The Winter Book Series Authors Are...

Who's writing the best literature in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin?

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:

"We handle snakes in a Pentecostal church in southern Illinois," Klefstad says. "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."

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