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Natalie Bakopoulos, author of The Green Shore

In 1967, as most of the city slept, colonels in the Greek military swiftly engineered a coup d'État. We bear witness to this devastating event and its brutal aftermath through the stories of four memorable characters: Sophie, a student of French literature, who gets swept up in the resistance alongside her privileged, left-leaning boyfriend; her mother Eleni, a widowed doctor, who struggles with her lost sense of passion in the face of this latest challenge to democracy; Sophie’s uncle Mihalis, an outspoken poet of some renown, who finds himself keeping a low profile as he tries to reconcile with his estranged wife; and Anna, Sophie’s younger sister, who undergoes the remarkable transformation from fearful insomniac to betrayed lover to empowered student activist.

As the years pass, their lives take divergent paths, each searching for love and fulfillment as they struggle to make their own peace with when to stay silent and when to act.

Natalie Bakopoulos received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan. This is her first novel.

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ISBN: 9781451633924
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 5th, 2012

Sara Rath, author of The Waters of Star Lake


Newly widowed Natalie Waters expects only nostalgia and solitude at her quiet, rustic cabin.  But the wilderness conceals more than one perilous mystery. Where in Wisconsin’s Northwoods did the notorious gangster John Dillinger hide $210,000 following a violent FBI shootout? And why do the local timberwolves incite so much rage among Natalie’s neighbors?


As predators circle and howl in the dark, Ginger, the bartender at the nearby Star Lake Saloon, draws Natalie deep into the secrets not only of Dillinger but of the ecologies of family, forest, and heart. With the reluctant support of her granddaughter and advice from a handsome wolf biologist, Natalie is forced to choose between adversity and adventure.

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Sara Rath continues her popular Northwoods saga in this affirming and often humorous tale of romance, betrayal, and danger.


With the patient skill of an engaging storyteller, Sara Rath brings to life the charm of northern Wisconsin. The appreciative reader is soon breathing in balsam and pine, living in a primitive cabin next to the lake, listening to loons, finding unlikely romance, encountering wolves, bears, a lively group of endearing local personalities, and searching for the legendary buried treasure of John Dillinger and his infamous gang of hoodlums. So pour a cup of coffee, find an unoccupied sofa and head into the Northwoods with The Waters of Star Lake.”—David Rhodes, author of Driftless


Sara Rath is the author of several books, including the novels Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages and Night Sisters, and the biography H. H. Bennett, Photographer: His American Landscape, all of which are published by the University of Wisconsin Press. She lives in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Visit her at

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ISBN: 9780299287702
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - July 12th, 2012

Author Event: Shannon Henry Kleiber, author of On My Honor: Real Life Lessons from America's First Girl Scout

In every woman's life, there comes a time when she wonders what she should have done differently, and if it's too late. For Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low, that moment was in 1911 when she was widowed in her fifties and completely unsure of what to do with her life. Within the next year, Daisy founded the Girl Scouts of the USA as a group to encourage girls' friendships and make them stronger, more independent women.

As the Girl Scouts nears its 100th birthday celebration, this inspirational book brings Daisy's groundbreaking, classic advice to a new audience through a modern lens.

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ISBN: 9781402267932
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Published: Sourcebooks - April 17th, 2012

Author Event: Will Boast, author of Power Ballads

Iowa City, IA—Real musicians don’t sign autographs, date models, or fly in private jets. They spend their lives in practice rooms and basement clubs or toiling in the obscurity of coffee-shop gigs, casino jobs, and the European festival circuit. The ten linked stories in Power Ballads are devoted to this unheard virtuoso: the working musician.

From the wings of sold-out arenas to hip-hop studios to polka bars, these stories are born out of a nocturnal world where music is often simply work, but also where it can, in rare moments, become a source of grace and transcendence, speaking about the things we never seem to say to each other. By turns melancholy and hilarious, Power Ballads is not only a deeply felt look at the lives of musicians but also an exploration of the secret music that plays inside us all.

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ISBN: 9781609380427
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Published: University of Iowa Press - September 16th, 2011

Author Event: Robin Chapman and Katrin Talbot

Celebrated local poets Robin Chapman and Katrin Talbot join together for a reading from their recent respective works of poetry!

Katrin Talbot will read from her brand-new collection, Freeze-Dried Love, out March 16th from Finishing Line Press.

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Robin Chapman brings us her newest work in the eelgrass meadow!

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We Lit the Lamps Ourselves by Andrea Potos

A Room of One's Own Bookstore's very own Andrea Potos celebrates the release of her latest book of poetry, We Lit the Lamps Ourselves! Join us for a reading and signing in celebration of her work.


"Poets light but Lamps –/ Themselves – go out –," declared Emily Dickinson.  Only those who burned with "vital Light" become a lens for the ages.  The works of revered women writers, particularly the Brontë sisters, Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath, have been such a lens for Andrea Potos.  Her poems in this collection pursue the trail of creative genius in their lives.


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These vibrant, impressionistic poems are haunted by lives long past whose voices still ring clear and strong. Celebrating the attending creative “presence of something more than myself,” they are “reminders/of what survives –/creation’s flames that gutter,/flare.”
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ISBN: 9781907056925
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Published: Salmon Publishing - August 10th, 2012

Author Event: Tale of Zen Master Bho Li by Barbara Verkuilen

The Tale of Zen Master Bho Li is the story of an eight-year-old orphan who becomes a beloved Zen Master. Meet the cast of memorable companions who assist him on his captivating life’s journey:

  • The Firethroat – an exotic little bird that saves him from a life threatening circumstance.
  • Soyu Sei – the “Dangerous Granny” whose wise and tender guidance civilizes the feral child he’d become without taming his wild heart.
  • Master Wu – abbot of Silent Thunder Zen Monastery, whose successor he would become.
  • And Master Bho Li’s three most problematic disciples: Sei Wot, Noh Hui, and Wai Mi, from each of whom he learns an important lesson.

The refined talents and carefully crafted illustrations of Aaron Gilmore superbly complement this winsome Zen fable.

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Offsite Event: Jonah Lehrer at Overture Center

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters is hosting Jonah Lehrer as part of "Academy Evenings", their series of lively public talks. Lehrer is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Wired, and The Wall Street Journal, and will be giving a talk on his latest book, Imagine: How Creativity Works.

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ISBN: 9780547386072
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 19th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780547247991
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Published: Mariner Books - January 1st, 2010

Offsite Event: Nathan Englander at the Gates of Heaven presented by the Madison Review!

Nathan Englander, author of the brand new collection of short stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, is giving a reading, Q & A, and book signing at the Gates of Heaven Synagogue by James Madison Park.

This event also celebrates the release party of the Madison Review's spring issue, featuring a reading by Kevin González! Learn more at the Madison Review's announcement.

A Room of One's Own will have a table at the event with copies of the book for sale!

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ISBN: 9780307958709
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Published: Knopf - February 7th, 2012

Author Event: Arrested Development by David Couper

David Couper's book, Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off about Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation's Police, describes his journey from patrol officer to chief of police in seven short years. In Minneapolis, he was a cop by night and university student by day during those tumultuous years in the late 1960s.


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