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2010 Authors

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Mr. Anderson is a film-maker and animation director who has written hundreds of scripts for clients as varied as Turner Classic Movies, AMFAR, Sears and Budweiser.  He teaches character animation as an adjunct at MIAD, The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and writes a Wisconsin history blog called WISCONSINOLOGY.

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Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 25 books, many of them on rural history and country life. Jerry is a former publications editor for UW-Extension, an acquisitions editor for the McGraw-Hill Book Company, and editor of a national professional journal.

Charlotte Bell

Charlotte Bell, author of the 2007 book, Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life, which blends the principles of mindfulness with the practice of Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga. Charlotte has been practicing yoga since 1982 and began teaching in 1986. Certified in 1989 in the Iyengar style of yoga, she enjoys learning from teachers of many different yogic perspectives.

Michael Black

Michael Black is the author of a dozen crime novels including his Ron Shade series, I Am Not A Cop and I Am Not A Psychic co-written with Law & Order SVU star Richard Belzer, and Dead Ringer co-written with fellow Chicago crime writer Julie Hyzy.

Helen Boyd

Boyd's first book, My Husband Betty, explored the relationships of cross-dressing men and their partners. Her most recent book, She's Not the Man I Married is both a sequel and a more expansive examination of gender in relationships.

James CampbellJames Campbell

James Campbell is author of The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness and The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea--The Forgotten War of the South Pacific. James has written for Outside magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Men's Journal, Audubon. He lives in Wisconsin.

Novella Carpenter

Novella Carpenter's book, Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer begins: "I have a farm on a dead-end street in the ghetto." Carpenter came to live in a gritty area of Oakland, CA after being raised by back to the land hippies in rural Idaho. Though she loved certain aspects of the country (fresh Jersey cow milk, fields of strawberries), Carpenter eventually became a city gal who loved to go to museums, rock clubs, and cafes.

Gennifer Choldenko

Gennifer Choldenko’'s first novel, Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a California Book Award winner. Her second novel, Al Capone Does My Shirts, was a Newbery Honor Book and a School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. It was short-listed for the Carnegie in the United Kingdom and has been on the New York Times, Booksense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

Broughton Coburn

Coburn graduated from Harvard College in 1973, then worked two of the past three decades in the Himalayas where he developed documentary films and oversaw environmental conservation and development efforts for the World Bank, UNESCO, World Wildlife Fund, and other agencies. His book Nepali Aama: Life Lessons of a Himalayan Woman documents Aama's life as an elderly, subsistence farmer in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Cathryn Cofell

Cathryn Cofell of Appleton is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Kamikaze Commotion (Parallel Press, 2008) and Sweet Curdle (Marsh River Editions).  She’s received over 40 awards for her poetry and essays which have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies.

David Crehore

Crehore served as public information officer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for 30 years. His stories have appeared previously in Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine and Shooting Sportsman magazine.

Chris Crutcher

Chris Crutcher - Author, educator and family therapist known for his realistic fiction. Crutcher's fast-paced fiction, heavily influenced by his work as a therapist and child protection advocate, is known for its expert balance of comedy and tragedy, as well as its unflinching honesty and authentic voice. He has been honored with dozens of awards and honors and is a popular columnist and public speaker. He lives in Spokane, Washington.

Mike Dauplaise

Mike Dauplaise is a freelance writer who began his career in 1979 as a reporter for the Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette. In researching his new true crime book, Torture at the Back Forty, Dauplaise left virtually no stone unturned in his quest to tell the complete story of Margaret Anderson and the events surrounding her grisly murder during the Christmas holiday of 1983.

James DeVita

James is the resident playwright for First Stage Children’s Theater, Milwaukee, WI. He has won The Distinguished Play Award from The American Alliance of Theater and Education, and The Intellectual Freedom Award.  His body of work was honored by the AATE with the 2007 Charlotte B. Chorpenning Award, and he is a recipient of the  National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Fiction.

Jim Draeger

Jim Draeger, architectural historian with the Wisconsin Historical Society with more than twenty years of historic preservation experience. From roadside architecture to North Woods resorts, Draeger celebrates the importance of ordinary buildings to our daily lives through his research, writing, and lectures. Jim will speak about the book, Encore! The Renaissance of Wisconsin Opera Houses.

Lynda Drews

Lynda Drews, a Wisconsin native and dedicated runner, recently gave the commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, her college Alma mater. One lesson she shared with the graduates was: “to journal your life.” When Lynda, a marketing executive, made the decision to retire after her thirty-year career, she returned to an earlier passion. Run at Destruction is the outcome.

Gerald Duff

Duff has published six novels, a collection of short stories, two collections of poetry and four other books of nonfiction. His most recent book, Fire Ants and Other Stories, includes work first published in the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Missouri Review, Southwest Review, Florida Quarterly, and other magazines.

Michael Edmonds

Michael Edmonds has published several books and articles on literary and intellectual history. He joined the staff of the Wisconsin Historical Society in 1982 and helped lead its effort to mount rare books and manuscripts on the Web, stumbling on the mystery of Paul Bunyan's origin while looking for lumberjack memoirs to share online.

Kim Edwards

Kim Edwards’ The Memory Keeper’s Daughter was published in paperback in the summer of 2006 and within just weeks simultaneously reached the #1 spot on the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Book Sense bestseller lists. Over one year later, the title continues its reign as a must-read across the nation and a top fixture on the New York Times paperback fiction list.

John Eisenberg

John Eisenberg grew up with books in his hands – his first summer job was at his mother’s bookstore in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He wrote for newspapers for almost three decades and has authored seven books of sports-themed nonfiction, most recently That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory.

Marty Essen

Essen is an adventurist who authored Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Not your average travelogue, Marty Essen’s book entertains, informs, and poignantly reminds us that we all share a small planet.

Henry Golde

Henry Golde spent five years in nine different Nazi concentration camps; today he lives to tell his remarkable story of survival. His book, Ragdolls, tells the story of experiencing the horror of the murder factories and slave-labor camps throughout Nazi Europe.

Robert Goolrick

In his new novel, A Reliable Wife, Goolrick unveils a dark saga set in rural Wisconsin in the early 20th century. Goolrick, a former advertising executive turned writer, explores the difficulties of “simple” married life and the dark family landscape within which it exists. NOTE: This author's visit had to be cancelled as of 4/6/2010.

David Graham

David Graham has taught writing and literature at Ripon College in Ripon WI since 1987.  He is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Stutter Monk (Flume Press), and an essay anthology co-edited with Kate Sontag: After Confession: Poetry as Autobiography (Graywolf Press).

Jane Hamilton

Jane Hamilton  lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in Harper's magazine. Her first novel, The Book of Ruth, won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club.

Libby Fischer Hellmann

Libby Fischer Hellmann is the author of two mystery series. Doubleback is her most recent novel, published by Bleak House Books last year. She also edited Chicago Blues, a crime anthology that Bleak House published in 2007.

Karla Huston

Karla Huston writes in Appleton, Wisconsin, and is the author of six chapbooks of poetry, most recently An Inventory of Lost Things, Centennial Press, 2009.  Her book Flight Patterns won the Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest in 2003.

Lesley Kagen

Lesley Kagen was born in Milwaukee and spent her early years in a great working class neighborhood, much like the one where Whistling in the Dark is set. Whistling in the Dark received the Honor Book Award from the Midwest Booksellers Association, was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award, a Midwest Connections Pick and has been on the Book Sense National Bestseller list and The Heartland Bestseller List.

Mary Karr

Mary Karr, award-winning poet and memoirist, has published two bestselling memoirs: The Liars' Club, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and Cherry. A third memoir, Lit: A Memoir, details Karr’s “journey from blackbelt sinner and lifelong agnostic to unlikely Catholic," was released in 2009.

Beth Kephart

Beth Kephart is the author of eleven books, including the National Book Award finalist, A Slant of Sun; the BookSense pick, Ghosts in the Garden; the autobiography of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River, Flow; and the critically acclaimed novels for young adults, Undercover, House of Dance, Nothing But Ghosts, and The Heart Is Not a Size

Jesse Lee Kercheval

Kercheval was born in Fontainbleu, France, but raised in Cocoa, Florida. She earned her Master’s degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1986. She is currently the the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Sally Mead Hands Bascom Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin.

Kathleen Kline

Kathleen Kline, co-author of People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair With an Ancient Fish, traces the 100-year-history of sturgeon management in Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago region and the unique cultures that surround a very special, ancient fish. Kline is Science Writer for the Aquatic Sciences Center, UW-Madison.

Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser  is one of the nation’s most highly regarded poets and served as the United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004 - 2006. During his second term he won the Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems, Delights & Shadows.

Ellen Kort

Ellen Kort was Wisconsin's first Poet Laureate, serving from 2000-2004. She is the author of 11 books and 8 collections of poetry. Ellen's work has been featured in a variety of anthologies and incorporated architecturally in downtown Milwaukee's Midwest Express Center, the Green Bay Botanical Gardens and the Fox River Mall. 

David McGlynn

David McGlynn's fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Image, Mid-American Review, Shenandoah, and other literary journals. He currently teaches at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Rebecca Meacham

Rebecca Meacham is the author of the story collection, Let's Do, named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.  Her fiction has appeared in numerous journals, and in 2002, was awarded the Chelsea Award for Short Fiction and the Indiana Review Fiction Prize.

Bishop Robert Morneau

Author of several books, including Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas; A New Heart: Eleven Qualities of Holiness; and the children’s book, The Gift. Many of his essays appear in such periodicals as U.S. Catholic, St. Anthony Messenger, AMERICA and Emmanuel.

Laurie Notaro

Laurie Notaro, New York Times bestselling humor writer, is known and loved for her brilliant, self-deprecating true stories of everyday mishaps and mayhem. Author of The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal.

Steve Paulson

Steve Paulson is the executive producer and an interviewer with To the Best of Our Knowledge (TTBOOK), a radio program produced at Wisconsin Public Radio and syndicated nationally by Public Radio International and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Jerry Peterson

Jerry Peterson is the author of Early’s Fall, a crime novel set in 1949 Kansas, that the Gale-Cengage imprint Five Star published last year. He’s also the author of Iced, an online thumb novel – a thriller – posted on both Textnovel.com and Peterson’s website.

Peter & Connie Roop

Together, Connie and Peter have written 100 children's books ranging from historical fiction to nonfiction. Seven of their books are "Reading Rainbow" books, including Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, a Feature Book. Their books have received recognition from the National Association of Science Teachers, National Council of Teachers of English, the Children's Book Council, and the American Library Association.

Eva Augustin Rumpf

Eva Augustin Rumpf is the author of the satiric novel Prot U and co-author of Till Divorce Do Us Part, a self-help book for women in troubled marriages. She has been a free-lance writer for 30 years, publishing hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Several of her essays and articles have been syndicated nationally.

Daniel San Souci

Daniel San Souci  is the author and illustrator of the popular picture book series "The Clubhouse Books," that chronicles his growing up in Berkeley, California.  These books have won numerous awards and honors, including a Children's Choice Award.   Daniel has also illustrated ten books written by his brother Robert San Souci.

Robert San Souci

Robert San Souci is the author of both adult and children's books and is highly regarded for his adaptations of folk tales from around the world, including Europe, Asia, the British Isles, and the Americas. His books have won two Caldecott Honors, three Coretta Scott King Honors, and two Aesop Awards from the American Folklore Society.

Shawn Sheehy

Within the book arts, Sheehy is well known for his pop-ups—he enjoys working sculpturally within the book format. He controls as much of the book production as possible: he makes the paper, writes the text, illustrates the images, engineers the structures, binds the folios and designs the integrated whole.

Marilyn Taylor

Marilyn Taylor’s award-winning poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The American Scholar, Measure, and The Formalist. Marilyn is also serving as Poet Laureate of Wisconsin for 2009 and 2010, and is happy to report that she's enjoying every minute of it.

Nancy Wall

Nancy T. Wall's direct and honest story of reshaping her life to fit two different cultures is found in Pulled By the Heart:A Woman's Real-life Story of Living and Escaping the Middle East. Wall lived in the Middle East for 10 years, starting in Beirut, Lebanon, and later moving to Sharjah and Abu Dhabi on the Arabian (Persian) Gulf.

David Wroblewski

David Wroblewski was born in 1959 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. When he was 3 years old, his parents bought a small and somewhat ramshackle farm in rural central Wisconsin. In time, that barn and that land, transported 100 miles to the north, would become the setting for The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.

Kao Kalia Yang

Author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir was born in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in 1980, and then at the age of seven came with her family to the U.S. She grew up in St. Paul, where she learned to live in two worlds yet remain distinctly Hmong.

2010 Book Festival Authors

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Charlotte Bell
Michael Black
Helen Boyd
James CampbellJames Campbell
Novella Carpenter
Gennifer Choldenko
Broughton Coburn
Cathryn Cofell
David Crehore
Chris Crutcher
Mike Dauplaise
James DeVita
Jim Draeger
Lynda Drews
Gerald Duff
Michael Edmonds
Kim Edwards
John Eisenberg
Marty Essen
Henry Golde
Robert Goolrick
David Graham
Jane Hamilton
Libby Fischer Hellmann
Karla Huston
Lesley Kagen
Mary Karr
Beth Kephart
Jesse Lee Kercheval
Kathleen Kline
Ted Kooser
Ellen Kort
David McGlynn
Rebecca Meacham
Bishop Robert Morneau
Laurie Notaro
Steve Paulson
Jerry Peterson
Peter & Connie Roop
Eva Augustin Rumpf
Daniel San Souci
Robert San Souci
Shawn Sheehy
Marilyn Taylor
Nancy Wall
David Wroblewski
Kao Kalia Yang

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