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Abby Frucht and Dale Kushner Author Event

A Room of One's Own happily welcomes two fantastic local authors of literary fiction for a joint reading and book-signing! Join us to hear Abby Frucht read from her new book A Well-Made Bed(written in collaboration with Laurie Alberts), and Dale Kushner, author of the beloved novel The Conditions of Love, will read from her forthcoming novel The Lie of Forgetting.

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ISBN: 9781597093057
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Published: Red Hen Press - March 1st, 2016

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By Kushner
ISBN: 9781455519743
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 6th, 2014

Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters

Bonnie Jo Campbell author of Mothers Tell Your Daughters

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s searing new collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories offers powerful insights into unforgettable heroines who are determined to shape their own futures with—or despite—the men in their lives.

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ISBN: 9780393248456
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 5th, 2015

Dean Bakopoulos, author of Summerlong

A Room of One's Own is delighted to host the book launch of local literary legend Dean Bakopoulos's latest novel Summerlong!

Dean Bakopoulos, whose work New York Times bestselling author Lorrie Moore has praised as “full of insight and inspiration and the best kind of divine comedy,” returns with the keenly funny and honest Summerlong. Mixing the light-hearted with the literary, this third novel from the acclaimed writer deftly tackles the subjects of midlife crises and extramarital longing with characteristic humor and aplomb.

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ISBN: 9780062321169
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Published: Ecco Press - June 16th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780156031677
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Published: Harvest Books - January 1st, 2006

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ISBN: 9780547549101
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Published: Mariner Books - July 3rd, 2012

Marian Palaia, author of The Given World

Marian Palaia, author of The Given World

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome UW-Madison alum Marian Palaia for a reading from her debut novel The Given World!

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ISBN: 9781476777931
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 14th, 2015

Megan Kruse, author of Call Me Home

A Room of One's Own welcomes Megan Kruse, author of Call Me Home, for a reading and book-signing!

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By Megan Kruse, Elizabeth Gilbert (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780990437000
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Published: Hawthorne Books - March 3rd, 2015

Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs

<p>Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is the author of the novel Shotgun Lovesongs and a forthcoming collection of short stories entitled, Beneath the Bonfire. Along the way, he has worked as: a Burger King maintenance man, a tutor, a telemarketer, a hot-dog vendor, an innkeeper (twice), an office manager, a coffee roaster, a liquor store clerk, and an author escort. His itinerant work includes: potato harvester, grape picker, and Christmas tree axe-man. His short stories, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in: PloughsharesThe Kenyon Review OnlineThe LumberyardThe Christian Science MonitorNarrativeSixth Finch, and several other publications.</p>

He lives on sixteen acres of land in rural Wisconsin adjacent to a buffalo farm. He is married and has two children.

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ISBN: 9781250039828
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 3rd, 2015

Queer Voices in Fiction and Poetry: Oliver Bendorf, Brandy Wilson and Meg Day

Oliver Bendorf
“It’s a joy to come nearer to a realm of experience little explored in American poetry, the lives of those who are engaged in the complex project of transforming their own gender... Oliver Bendorf writes from a paradoxical, new-world position: the adult voice of a man who has just appeared in the world. A man emergent, a man in love, alive in the fluid instability of any category.” -Mark Doty

Oliver Bendorf is the author of The Spectral Wilderness, selected by Mark Doty for the 2013 Wick Poetry Prize. His poems have been anthologized in Best New Poets, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere, and he has received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation and Vermont Studio Center, and the 2013 Doug Fir Fiction Award, selected by Lidia Yuknavitch. Oliver earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is now an MA candidate in Library & Information Studies.

Brandy Wilson

Set in the 1920s, The Palace Blues traces the physical and emotional journey of self-discovery and identity-a quest for place for Frankie, a white, Texas tomboy who falls for Jean Bailey, an African American, cross-dressing blues singer.

Brandy T. Wilson, author of The Palace Blues: A Novel earned her PhD at Florida State University. Her work has appeared in Robert Olen Butler’s From Where You DreamNinth LetterG.R.I.T.S. Girls Raised in theSouth, and Pank Magazine among other publications. She was a 2010 Lambda Literary Retreat Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow in fiction and was awarded three Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarships, the George M. Harper Endowment Fund Award, and the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writers Fund Finalist Award. She currently teaches writing, literature, and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Memphis along with coaching and editing writers on various projects from memoir, novel, to self-help and educational literature.

Meg Day
"Meg Day writes: “At five, I pressed my lips to the grate of my grandmother’s/ Crosley, let broadcasts buzz into the pipe of my jawbone/ & learned to listen with my tongue.” And this deep listening is, indeed, what she accomplishes throughout these poems. Meg Day grapples with serious themes-illness, violence, suicide, grief- with admirable skill and approaches issues of sexual orientation, identity, and gender with a true poet’s passion, as in her tour de force, “Batter My Heart, Transgender’d God”: “Terror, do not depart/ but nest in the hollows of my loins... My knees, bring me to them; force my head to bow again. Replay the murders of my kin until my mind’s made new”... This is muscular language, worthy of its inspiration. "
--Ellen Bass

Meg Day, recently selected for Best New Poets of 2013, is a 2013 recipient of an NEA
Fellowship in Poetry and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level, When All You Have Is a Hammer and We Can’t Read This. A 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award Winner and 2014-2015 Steffensen-Cannon Fellow, she has also received awards and fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, Squaw Valley Writers, the Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities, Point Foundation, and the International Queer Arts Festival. Meg is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah.

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J.F. Riordan, author of North of the Tension Line

A Room of One's Own is excited to welcome debut author J.F. Riordan for a reading and booksigning of her Wisconsin-centric novel North of the Tension Line!

Fiona Campbell is a newcomer to tiny Ephraim, Wisconsin. Populated with artists and summer tourists, Ephraim has just enough going on to satisfy Fiona’s city tastes, but she is fascinated and repelled by what lies at the furthest tip of the Door County peninsula: Washington Island, a place utterly removed from the hubbub of modern life.

Fiona’s visits to the island leave her refreshed in spirit, but fully convinced that only lunatics and hermits could survive a winter in its frigid isolation. Still, in a moment of weakness, Fiona is goaded into accepting a dare: that she cannot survive the winter on Washington Island in a decrepit, old house. Armed with some very fine single malt scotch and a copy of Meditations, Fiona sets out to win the dare, and she discovers that small town life is not nearly as dull as she had foreseen.

North of the Tension Line is J. F. Riordan’s first novel—it follows Fiona, a fierce female protagonist, and an accompanying cast of eccentric characters. At turns comic, romantic, and thought-provoking, this book is part-compelling-romance and part-comedy-of-manners—evocative of the work of Alexander McCall Smith, Jan Karon, Miss Read, and Jane Austen. Adults and young adults alike will enjoy Fiona’s foray into the vicious politics of small town life, her encounters with a ruthless neighbor and the captain of a haunted ferry, and her eventual discovery of the peculiar spiritual renewal of life as it is north of the tension line.

J. F. Riordan was born in New Jersey and moved first to Michigan, then Wisconsin as a child. At sixteen, after two years of high school, she went to the University of New Mexico to study voice and ultimately became a professional singer. After years of travel, she returned to the Midwest, finished her college degree, and became certified to teach high school English. She taught for three years in the inner city before taking a position as a program officer for a foundation. She lives in exile from Washington Island with her husband and two dogs. North of the Tension Line is her first novel.

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ISBN: 9780825307348
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Published: Beaufort Books - September 30th, 2014

Voices from Independent Presses: Rita Mae Reese, Okla Elliott, and Garnett Kilberg-Cohen

A Room of One's Own looks forward to welcoming three strong voices from independent publishers. Please join us for a reading and book signing from Okla Elliott, Rita Mae Reese, and Garnett Kilberg-Cohen.

Okla Elliott

Okla Elliott is currently an Illinois Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois, where he works in the fields of comparative literature and trauma studies. He also holds an MFA from Ohio State University. His nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, and translations have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, among others. He is the author of the fiction collection From the Crooked Timber and a poetry collection, The Cartographer’s Ink . His novel, The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (co-authored with Raul Clement), is forthcoming in early 2015 from Dark House Press, and his book of translation Blackbirds in September: Selected Shorter Poems of Jürgen Becker is forthcoming in late 2015 from Black Lawrence Press.



Rita Mae ReeseRita Mae Reese is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Stegner fellowship in fiction, a “Discovery”/The Nation award, and a Pamaunok Poetry Prize, among other awards. Her first book, The Alphabet Conspiracy, is available from Arktoi Books. An animated video of the title poem was created by Flavor to showcase at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Midwest Trade Show and can be viewed on her website at



Garnett Kilberg Cohen has published two collections of short stories: Lost Women, Banished Souls (U of Missouri Press) and How We Move the Air (Mayapple Press). Her fiction has garnered many awards, including the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize and a Special Mention from the Pushcart Prize. She is a professor in the Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. The central motif and conflict that runs through Kilberg Cohen's newest collection, Swarm to Glory, is that of endings. Some may be monumental endings, such as the end of a relationship in “Bottle of Wine,” or the end of life itself in “Appropriate Behavior.” Then again, some may be considered superficial endings, such as in "The Woman With the Longest Hair," where a haircut is significant only to the characters involved. In the face of such endings, Garnett's characters must decide whether they will be ruled by them, or whether, in spite of the ephemeral nature of all things, they will swarm to glory.

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ISBN: 9780980040739
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Published: Red Hen Press - February 1st, 2011

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Rebecca Coffey, author of Hysterical: Anna Freud's Story

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to welcome author Rebecca Coffey to read from her latest novel, Hysterical!

Anna Freud (1895-1982) was her father Sigmund ‘s sounding board and chief collaborator. Yet she harbored secrets that could have shaken the foundations of his growing legacy. Suspecting as much, Sigmund psychoanalyzed his daughter.

Was that analysis the erotic echo chamber that he warned analysis always is? Who was Dorothy Burlingham, a figure that most of Sigmund’s biographers have tirelessly ignored? How did Anna manage to live a full life and become a guiding force for analysts, educators, and humanitarians, all while devoting herself to her wary father as he aged and died? Hysterical is Anna Freud’s fictional autobiography; in it she tells her full story for the first time.

After her father’s death, Anna became the de facto leader of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic movement. In her work as a psychologically informed teacher she fundamentally humanized the western world’s approach to early education. Equally impressively, she ran a home in the outskirts of London for war orphans during World War II and for child survivors of the Holocaust after war’s end. All of this, and in a time in which loathing for and pity of lesbians was de rigueur, she enjoyed a six decade domestic partnership with another woman.

In addition to being a novelist and science journalist, author Rebecca Coffey is a humorist. She contributes regularly to Scientific American and Discover magazines. She blogs on assorted subjects including sexuality, relationships, social media, and psychology for Psychology Today, and is frequent contributor to Vermont Public Radio’s drive-time commentary series. Her humor has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Rumpus and other literary magazines. Rebecca lives in Vermont.

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ISBN: 9781938314421
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Published: She Writes Press - May 13th, 2014


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