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Amy Dupire, author of All Kinds of Hell and the god-thing

A Room of One's Own welcomes author Amy Dupire for a reading and book-signing from her YA novel All Kinds of Hell and her short story collection the god-thing and other weird and worrisome tales.

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ISBN: 9780990492917
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Published: Pamplemousse Publishing - July 27th, 2014

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Published: Pamplemousse Publishing - October 18th, 2014

Fantasy Authors Forrest Aguirre, Alex Bledsoe, and Melissa Olson

Forrest Aguirre, Alex Bledsoe, Melissa Olson

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome fantastic local authors Forrest Aguirre, Alex Bledsoe, and Melissa Olson for a reading and signing from their fantasy novels!

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ISBN: 9781630230012
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Published: Underland Press - October 7th, 2014

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Published: Tor Books - June 18th, 2013

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ISBN: 9781477824122
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Published: 47 North - September 2nd, 2014

Susan Bernstein, author of Roomscape

Susan Bernstein author of Roomscape

A Room of One's Own is honored to welcome local author and professor Susan Bernstein for a reading from her new book of feminist scholarship, which breaks new ground in the study of our namesake and many other women's texts!

Roomscape explores a specific site—the Reading Room of the British Museum—as a space of imaginative potential in relation to the emergence of modern women writers in Victorian and early twentieth-century London. Drawing on archival materials, Roomscape is the first study to integrate documentary, historical, and literary sources to examine the significance of this space and its resources for women who wrote translations, poetry, and fiction. This book challenges an assessment of the Reading Room of the British Museum as a bastion of class and gender privilege, an image established by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. Rather than viewing reading and writing as solitary, Roomscape investigates the public, social, and spatial dimensions of literary production. The implications of this study reach into the current digital era and its transformations of practices of reading, writing, and archiving. Along with an appendix of notable readers at the British Museum from the last two centuries, the book contributes to scholarship on George Eliot, Amy Levy, Eleanor Marx, Clementina Black, Constance Black Garnett, Christina Rossetti, Mathilde Blind, and Virginia Woolf.

Susan David Bernstein, Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of Confessional Subjects: Revelations of Gender and Power in Victorian Literature and Culture (1997) as well as the co-editor with Elsie B. Michie of Victorian Vulgarity: Taste in Verbal and Visual Culture (2009).

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ISBN: 9780748640652
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Published: Edinburgh University Press - March 28th, 2013

Debra Pickett, author of Reporting Lives

A Room of One's Own is happy to welcome local author Debra Pickett for a reading and signing of her compelling novel Reporting Lives.

Television journalist Sara Simone has just landed a huge story, the one she’s sure will propel her from her local news job in Chicago straight to a network anchor chair. But, when her reporting takes her to the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, she finds herself unable to maintain her usual cool distance from tragedy. Her great talent, getting grieving relatives on camera, doing those wretched “how do you feel?” interviews, seems not just inadequate, but actually wrong.

Debra Pickett began her career as a management consultant and, after chronicling the ups and downs of her hard-charging, frequent-flying life in a nationally-recognized series of magazine articles, she made the switch to full-time work as a journalist in October, 2000. She wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times’ coveted Page 2 column, launched the paper’s first blog and contributed to television news coverage at CNN, WBBM and WTTW.

Her debut novel, REPORTING LIVES, was published by Keith Publications in May 2014. She is currently working on her second book. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Roy, and three sons.

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ISBN: 9781628820539
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Published: Keith Publications LLC - June 12th, 2014

Kat Beyer, author of The Halcyon Bird BOOK LAUNCH

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to host Kat Beyer for the launch of her new book, The Halcyon Bird, sequel to The Demon Catchers of Milan!

For fans of Lauren Kate and Cassandra Clare, a romance with a paranormal streak.

Mia has settled into her life with the Della Torres -- Milan's premier demon-catching family, accompanying them to exorcisms and even learning some way to be useful in the family trade. Then Bernardo comes into her life, handsome, well-mannered, someone who makes her forget her impossible crush on Emilio, her cousin. But always lurking in the background is the demon who possessed Mia once before, and who has not given up on possessing her again--this time for good.

Kat Beyer is a fine artist and writer who lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her daughter. She has an M.S. in medieval history and has loved all things Italian for as long as she can remember. Her first novel was The Demon Catchers of Milan. Visit her online at

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Published: Egmontusa - November 11th, 2014

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Published: Egmontusa - October 14th, 2014

John Porcellino, author of The Hospital Suite

A Room of One's Own is delighted to continue our tradition of supporting talented graphic novelists! Beloit-based John Porcellino joins us to discuss his striking new book The Hospital Suite, from Drawn & Quarterly.

JOHN PORCELLINO was born in Chicago, in 1968, and has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels for over thirty years. His celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man, a collection of King-Cat stories about Porcellino’s experiences as a pest control worker, won an Ignatz Award in 2005, and Perfect Example, first published in 2000, chronicles his struggles with depression as a teenager. According to cartoonist Chris Ware, “John Porcellino’s comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive.” He currently lives in Beloit, Wisconsin.

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ISBN: 9781770461642
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - September 23rd, 2014

Kate Lebo, author of Pie School

A Room of One's Own is happy to welcome baker of delectable pies Kate Lebo for a reading from her new book Pie School. Learn great tips from a baking pro!

Kate Lebo is the author of A Commonplace Book of Pie and The Pie Lady's Manifesto, a zine republished by The Rumpus in 2014. She founded Pie School, her roaming pastry academy, after graduating from the University of Washington's MFA program. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Gastronomica, Willow Springs, and AGNI, among other journals, and she teaches creative writing workshops nationally. For more, visit

Welcome to Kate Lebo’s Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter! Come in, tie on an apron, and prepare for a thorough schooling in the delightful art of all things pie. Roll call: all the usual suspects are here as well as deliciously unique pies in chapters on rhubarb, blueberry, cherry, peach, plum, blackberry, apple, preserved fruits, and chiffon.

Here you’ll find no-nonsense techniques for creating that perfect flakey pie crust (Lebo has a best-in-show ribbon to prove it), tricks for choosing the best fruit for swoon-worthy fillings, and much more. Bring people together with Black Cherry Chiffon Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust, Marionberry Pie with Hazlenut Crumble, Cheddar-Crusted Apple Pie, or Whiskey Maple Pecan Pie and watch the slices disappear.

Besides baking dreamy pies of all varieties, Lebo is an award-winning poet, and colorful diction creeps into her descriptions. Blueberries are “like the note taker in the group project, recording louder fruits’ flights of fancy and bringing them down to earth long enough to make something actually happen, so it’s not just pie in the sky.” Each bite of Peach Bourbon Pie is “like a long talk on a summer porch, crackling with sugar, spinning with alcohol.” Photos by Rina Jordan are as luscious as Lebo’s writing.

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By Kate Lebo, Rina Jordan (Photographer), Jenn Elliott Blake (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781570619106
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Published: Sasquatch Books - September 30th, 2014

Jesse Lee Kercheval and Kelly Cherry Author Event

A Room of One's Own is delighted to present beloved authors Jesse Lee Kercheval and Kelly Cherry for a reading from their latest works.

About Space: A Memoir: Jesse Lee Kercheval opens her story in Cocoa, Florida, in 1966 as a precocious ten-year-old whose family—father, mother, two little girls—is trying to ride the Space Race’s tide of optimism. But even as the rockets keep going up, the Kercheval family slowly spirals down.

Jesse Lee Kercheval was born in France and raised in Florida. She is the author of thirteen books of poetry, fiction, and memoir including the novels The Museum of Happiness and My Life as a Silent Movie and the writing text Building Fiction. The Sally Mead Hands Professor of English, she teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

About A Kind of Dream: Kelly Cherry's book asserts that life is A Kind of Dream. So is the art we make in response to life. In A Kind of Dream, five generations of an artistic family explore the ups and downs of life, discovering that for an artist even failure is success, because the work matters more than the self.

Kelly Cherry has previously published twenty-one books, nine chapbooks, and two translations of classical drama, including the novels My Life and Dr. Joyce Brothers, Augusta Played, We Can Still Be Friends, In the Wink of an Eye, and The Lost Traveller’s Dream. She is a former Poet Laureate of Virginia and the Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She lives in rural Virginia.

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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - July 21st, 2014

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Published: Terrace Books - May 1st, 2014

Doctors Without Borders Fundraising Reading by Sandy Althomsons

A Room of One's Own is honored to host Sandy Althomson for a reading and signing from her book Inside A Refugee Crisis: My Time in South Sudan. All proceeds from sales of this book go directly to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières , or MSF).

Sandy Althomsons has been an epidemiologist with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières , or MSF) since 2008 and has worked in Malawi, Uzbekistan and South Sudan. Sandy is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and when not on mission, works for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Midwest Authors Chloe Benjamin, Bill Hillman, Ben Tanzer, and Erika Wurth

Scattered across the Midwest, four authors come together at A Room of One's Own to share their stories of both truth and fiction: Ben Tanzer's personal essay collection examines the complexities of fatherhood, while Bill Hillmann and Erika Wurth deftly share their characters coming-of-age within their own complicated communities. Three Curbside Splendor authors are excited to join the Madison-based Chloe Benjamin, whose novel exposes the slippery nature of trust—and the immense power of our dreams.

Chloe Benjamin author photo Chloe Benjamin is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her MFA in fiction. Her first novel, The Anatomy of Dreams, has been longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her fiction, poetry and reviews are published or forthcoming in The Atlantic, PANK, The Millions, The Washington Independent Review of Books and elsewhere. She lives in Madison, WI and on the internet at


The Anatomy of Dreams: It’s 1998, and Sylvie Patterson, a bookish student at a Northern California boarding school, falls in love with a spirited, elusive classmate named Gabe. Their headmaster, Dr. Adrian Keller, is a charismatic medical researcher who has staked his career on the therapeutic potential of lucid dreaming: By teaching his patients to become conscious during sleep, he helps them to relieve stress and heal from trauma. Over the next six years, Sylvie and Gabe become consumed by Keller’s work, following him from the redwood forests of Eureka, California, to the enchanting New England coast. But when an opportunity brings the trio to the Midwest, Sylvie and Gabe stumble into a tangled relationship with their mysterious neighbors—and Sylvie begins to doubt the ethics of Keller’s research, recognizing the harm that can be wrought under the guise of progress. As she navigates the hazy, permeable boundaries between what is real and what isn’t, who can be trusted and who cannot, Sylvie also faces surprising developments in herself: an unexpected infatuation, growing paranoia, and a new sense of rebellion.


Bill Hillmann author photo Bill Hillmann is an award-winning writer and storyteller from Chicago. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Newcity,, and has been broadcast on NPR. He’s told stories around the world with his internationally acclaimed storytelling series the Windy City Story Slam. Hillmann is a Union Construction Laborer and a bull-runner in Spain. In the not so distant past, Hillmann was a feared street brawler, gang affiliate, drug dealer, convict, and Chicago Golden Glove Champion.

The Old Neighborhood: Bill Hillmann's debut novel, The Old Neighborhood, is the story of teenager Joe Walsh, the youngest in a large, mixed-race family living in Chicago. After Joe witnesses his older brother commit a gangland murder, his friends and family drag him down into a pit of violence that reaches a bloody impasse when his elder sister begins dating a rival gang member. The Old Neighborhood is both a brutal tale of growing up tough in a mean city, and a beautiful harkening to the heartbreak of youth.


Ben Tanzer author photo Ben Tanzer is the author of the books My Father’s House, You Can Make Him Like You, So Different Now, Orphans and Lost in Space, among others. Ben serves as Director of Publicity and Content Strategy at Curbside Splendor and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life, the center of his growing lifestyle empire. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.

Lost in Space: Lost in Space is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always lively essay collection about fathers and sons, and their relationship to not only one another, but pop culture, death, and sex—because sex sells, even if you're otherwise focused on parenting and the generation spanning cultural impact of Star Wars.


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Erika T. Wurth is Apache / Chickasaw / Cherokee and was raised on the outskirts of Denver. She teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and was a writer-in-residence at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, including Boulevard, Fiction, Pembroke, Florida Review, Stand, Cimarron Review, The Cape Rock, Southern California Review and Drunken Boat. Her debut collection of poetry, Indian Trains, was published by The University of New Mexico’s West End Press.

Crazy Horse's Girlfriend: Margaritte is a sharp-tongued, drug-dealing, sixteen-year-old Native American floundering in a Colorado town crippled by poverty, unemployment, and drug abuse. She hates the burnout, futureless kids surrounding her and dreams that she and her unreliable new boyfriend can move far beyond the bright lights of Denver that float on the horizon before the daily suffocation of teen pregnancy eats her alive.

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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - September 16th, 2014

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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - April 29th, 2014

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Published: Atria Books - September 16th, 2014

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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - March 18th, 2014


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