Abayomi Animashaun is the author of two poetry collections and editor of two anthologies. A recipient of the Hudson Prize and a grant from the International Center for Writing and Translation, Animashaun teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Ann Marie Ackermann is a former American attorney with focuses on criminal and medical law. She now lives in the German town in which the assassination occured. Her intimate knowledge of Germany enabled her to bring the German and American sides of this story together.
B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently "Flock Together: A Love Affair With Extinct Birds", "From the Mouths of Dogs", as well as a collection of essays, "This Is Only A Test". An associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he lives a simple existence with his wife, their children, and their dog.
A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Ginny Moon is his first novel, which was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.
Bruce Chudacoff was born and raised in Appleton and practiced law here for over 45 years. He is currently retired and resides in Glenview, Illinois, and Palm Island, Florida, with his wife, Nancy, of almost 50 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. He is a first time author.
Callie Bates is a writer, harpist and certified harp therapist, sometimes artist, and nature nerd. When she’s not creating, she’s hitting the trails or streets and exploring new places. She lives in the Upper Midwest. THE WAKING LAND is her debut fantasy novel.
Corina Rogers is a high school social studies teacher and lives in the only Waunakee in the world with her husband, three teenagers and their British Lab, named Charley. Backwards Dog is her first published children's book. Charley is thankfully not the only Backwards Dog in the world and looks forward to treats and bringing joy to all those he meets.
Duachaka Her is a Hmong-American cartoonist and illustrator. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a B.F.A. in Entertainment Design and concentration in Comics and Sequential Art. She resides in central Wisconsin with her husband and son and enjoys reading and watching movies in her spare time.
Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of the Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943). She is the author and documentary film producer of Chasing Portraits. She has a BA in Rhetoric from Bates College and a master’s degree in Rhetoric and Speech Communications from UC Davis.
Emily Bleeker is a former educator who learned to love writing while teaching a writer’s workshop. After surviving a battle with a rare form of cancer, she finally found the courage to share her stories, starting with her debut novel, Wreckage, followed by the Wall Street Journal bestseller When I’m Gone. Emily currently lives with her family in suburban Chicago. Connect with her or request a Skype visit with your book club at www.emilybleeker.com.
Jack Mitchell was the first employee of NPR, the first producer of All Things Considered, Director of Wisconsin Public Radio, and Professor of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Wisconsin on the Air: 100 Years of Public Broadcasting in the State that Invented It.
James Campbell is a native of Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He has written stories for Outside, National Geographic, and many other magazines and newspapers. His first book, The Final Frontiersman was chosen by Amazon in 2004 as the #1 Outdoor title of the Year.
All of her life Jean Long Manteufel has called Appleton home. She is the owner of A-1 Moving & Storage, as well as Long’s Senior Transitions. Her joys are family and volunteering.
For seven years, Manteufel has been writing a column for the Post Crescent; entitled Transitions. She helps seniors through life’s transitions.
Jerald Podair is professor of history and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University. He is the recipient of the Allan Nevins Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians for “literary distinction in the writing of history,” and Lawrence University’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship.
Jim Feldman is a Professor of History and the Director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Karla Huston, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2017-2018), is the author of A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag: 2013), winner of a Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Achievement Award. She has published 8 books including Grief Bone, recently from Five-Oaks Press.
Laura Vosika, author of the acclaimed time travel tale, Blue Bells Chronicles, spent her childhood in Europe, among medieval ruins. Holding a B.A. Music from Lawrence, she worked as a freelance musician, and now runs Gabriel’s Horn Publishing and hosts the radio program Books and Brews with Laura Vosika.
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. She is also the author of Forge, Wintergirls, Twisted, Prom, and many other titles.
Lesley Kagen is an actress, sought-after speaker, audio book narrator, and award-winning New York Times bestselling author of nine novels. Her work has been translated into five languages. A mother of two, a grandmother of two, she lives in a hundred-year-old farmhouse in a small town in Wisconsin.
Born and raised on the Oneida Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin, Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes) turned to poetry to continue the oral tradition of his people, the People of the Standing Stone. He and his wife live in Omro, Wisconsin, where their home is filled with love.
Outdoor adventures are a daily activity for Margaret Murphy who loves hiking, biking, kayaking and kite flying. She also enjoys writing and often merges this love of the outdoors into her stories. With this backdrop, unique characters, surprising romances, and humorous encounters engage and endear her readers.
Mel Cieslik Miskimen is an award winning writer. Her book, Sit. Stay. Heal. published by Sourcebooks, was a selection on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Chapter A Day. For a more detailed account of her daily adventures go to www.melmiskimen.com. She is represented by the Kathy Green Literary Agency.
Melanie Radzicki McManus has worked as a radio news reporter, press secretary with the Wisconsin State Legislature and editor of two local publications. Since 1994, she has worked as a freelance writer specializing in travel and fitness. McManus has won three prestigious Lowell Thomas Gold and Grand Awards for travel journalism.
Patricia Skalka is the author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water. A native Chicagoan, she is a member of The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Society of Midland Authors.
Connie and Peter Roop have written over 100 children’s books including biographies, novels, humor, picture books, and science books. Seven of their books are Reading Rainbow books, including the Feature Book Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie. Their publishers include Scholastic, National Geographic, Hyperion, and Simon & Schuster.
Robert A. Birmingham is the author of Spirits of Earth: The Effigy Mound Landscape of Madison and the Four Lakes and the coauthor of Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Indian Town. Now retired, he served as the state archaeologist of Wisconsin for many years and taught Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin Waukesha. He received the Increase Lapham Research Medal from the Wisconsin Archeological Society
Roberta Capasso is one of ten siblings born to an Oneida mother and European-American father. Growing up in Milwaukee and Lac du Flambeau, she received her BS in Elementary Education from UW-Milwaukee. She is a devoted wife and mother of two grown sons. Boston Marathon finisher and operatic singer, Roberta’s research into her Indigenous Oneida Tribe continues today.
Ron Faiola is an author, photographer and filmmaker, with three documentaries on PBS including Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience and two books on supper clubs including his latest, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round, released on Agate Publishing’s Midway imprint in May, 2016.
Sharon Lamers was born in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1944. Moving to Anchorage, Alaska in 1967, she earned two Montessori certifications in Primary Childhood Development/Education and taught preschool for thirty years. Sharon retired and moved back to Wisconsin in 1999 with her husband. They live in New London with three cats.
Steve Krueger is an accomplished historian who specializes in bringing to life the obscure and forgotten facts and events of local history. He was born and raised in Menasha, Wisconsin where he still resides with his wife and children. Steve immerses himself in the subjects he studies and spends countless hours exploring, researching, and preserving local historic relics in order to present tangible artifacts alongside the stories.
Susan Amond Todd has lived in North Carolina for the past 30 plus years but was born and raised in Neenah, WI. She is married with two grown daughters and grandmother to one little boy. Her career has been spent raising her daughters and in banking. As a young person she enjoyed writing short stories and poetry thinking maybe someday she would pursue more. White Lake is her first novel, combining her love of Wisconsin with that of the south. Return Home, her second book, will continue the story of White Lake.
Tanya Solomon was born and raised in Appleton, graduating from Appleton West. Tanya devotes much of her time to retail sales and volunteer work. She has degrees from the University of Michigan and resides in Northbrook, Illinois, with her husband, David, of over 20 years. They have two children.
Tricia is professor of communication at UW-Rock County. Her debut novel, The Haunted House Project, published in 2016 by Sky Pony Press. She also co-edited Gendered Identities: Critical Readings of Gender in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, in 2016 by Routledge.
Victoria Houston: A Biographical Sketch
She is the author of DEAD SPIDER, the seventeenth book in her Loon Lake Mystery Series, which has been featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and on NPR. You can see the features on her website: www.victoriahouston.com.
Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing (he’s now EVP, Editorial Development and Content Innovation for Macmillan); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications, including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post.