WNIJ 2013 Summer Book Series

Four books. Four author interviews. One great summer of reading!  WNIJ presents the 2013 Summer Book Series.

Each Wednesday in June, Morning Edition host Dan Klefstad talks with a local author about their work, and adds it to his list of suggested summer reading.

Our series begins June 5th with Marnie Mamminga of Batavia, who brings fond memories of Northwoods Wisconsin vacations to life on the pages of her memoir, Return to Wake Robin. In the weeks that follow, Dan talks with NIU English instructor John Bradley (The Cosmic Chronicles of Billy the Kidder - June 12); Beloit College English Professor Chris Fink (Farmer's Almanac - June 19); and NIU Professor Joe Bonomo (This Must Be Where My Obsession With Infinity Began - June 26).

Listen to Dan's interviews each Wednesday this month during Morning Edition, following NPR News at 6:30 and 8:30am. Then return to this page to hear the authors read excerpts from their books. 

You'll also have a chance to meet these writers in person! Dan will join Marnie Mamminga at Rockford's Just Goods Fair Trade Marketplace on Thursday, June 6th from 3 to 5pm. Then, at the end of the month-long series, our remaining three authors - John Bradley, Chris Fink, and Joe Bonomo - will meet listeners at a writers panel event, Saturday, June 29th from 3 to 5pm at Books on First in Dixon. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad will be there, too, to moderate the discussion and take your questions and comments for the writers.

Happy Summer Reading from WNIJ!

Rock 'n roll author Joe Bonomo has written books about AC/DC, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Fleshtones. His latest book, however, is a collection of essays about his childhood in Wheaton, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

"If you're from a small town," Chris Fink says, "one of the things that's required of you is that you have an opinion about that town."

Fink's debut novel, Farmer's Almanac, is full of characters who criticize or defend the Wisconsin villages of Bergamot Pond and Shady Valley -- fictional communities that struggle with the very real challenge of low milk prices.