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Offsite Event: Nickolas Butler at Madison Public Library-Central

Room is delighted to be selling books at the Madison Public Library for Nickolas Butler, whose appearance is presented by the Wisconsin Book Festival!

Nick worked at a number of dead-end jobs—including at a meat packing factory. He was rejected by six writing programs before getting into the Iowa Writers Workshop—which he commuted to from Minnesota, leaving his family for weeks at a time. Eleanor Catton was a classmate. Then, he sells his first novel for a high six figure advance in a fierce auction. No one was more astounded than Nick. To tell his mom about the deal he had to call the dispatch number at the trucking firm she works for. He used the first check to pay off his wife’s student loans. He now lives on a 16 acre farm in Eau Claire, the town where he grew up and that’s fictionalized in the novel. It’s clear that he knows it inside and out. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Narrative Magazine, The Kenyon Review and elsewhere.

It’s a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends—all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town—it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so.

One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there’s Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives.

Now all four are brought together for a wedding. Little Wing seems even smaller than before. While lifelong bonds are still strong, there are stresses—between the friends, between husbands and wives. There will be heartbreak, but there will also be hope, healing, even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of adult friendship and love.

Seldom has the American heartland been so richly and accurately portrayed. Though the town may have changed, the one thing that hasn’t is the beauty of the Wisconsin farmland, the lure of which, in Nickolas Butler’s hands, emerges as a vibrant character in the story. Shotgun Lovesongs is that rare work of fiction that evokes a specific time and place yet movingly describes the universal human condition. It is, in short, a truly remarkable book—a novel that once read will never be forgotten.

See more at the Wisconsin Book Festival website!

Shotgun Lovesongs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250039811
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - March 11th, 2014

Indies First: Meet Your Local Authors! Plus Holiday Sales at Room

The Year of Billy Miller Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062268129
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 17th, 2013

The Conditions of Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455519750
Availability: Special Order
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 14th, 2013

But Not for Long Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780312655310
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - September 28th, 2010

Sea Creatures Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062219602
Availability: Special Order
Published: HarperTorch - July 30th, 2013

Personal Effects Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763655273
Availability: Special Order
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 11th, 2012

Poetry for All Seasons! Wisconsin Poets' Calendar Reading

Poets from the greater Madison area who have poems appearing in the 2014 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar will gather to read their work.  RSVPs are still coming in, but in previous years 30-35 poets have taken part.  Poems will be read in calendar order; time permitting, each poet may read one other short selection.  Come and

$13.95
SKU: 97809793976

WI Book Festival

A Room of One's Own is once again pleased to be a part of the Wisconsin Book Festival! You will find amazing Wisconsin authors reading and signing books all over town, including here at Room and at the beautiful new Downtown Central Library!

Revival by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton

A surprising, very human (and gruesome) story set in Wausau in a town
quarantined because the dead came back to life one day. GREAT ensemble
cast and strong writing that deals deftly with the reality of rural WI
life, racism, sexism and family issues. Unsettling horror meets small
town drama. Beautiful art and solid writing make this another favorite
from Image.

Revival Volume 1: You're Among Friends Cover Image
By Tim Seeley, Mike Norton (Artist), Mark Englert (Artist)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781607066590
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Image Comics - December 25th, 2012

Literacy Network's Annual Canterbury Run/Walk for Literacy!

A Room of One's Own is proud to support one of Madison's longstanding events in support of literacy!

The 22nd Annual Literacy Network Run/Walk is set for Sunday, September 22, starting at 10:30am.

Offsite Event at MPL Sequoya Branch: David Rhodes, author of Jewelweed

David Rhodes, author of Jewelweed and Driftless, will read and sign from his latest novel at Madison Public Library's Sequoya Branch!

Jewelweed Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571311009
Availability: Backordered
Published: Milkweed Editions - May 14th, 2013

Ron Faiola, author of Wisconsin Supper Clubs

Room is excited to honor local dining traditions by presenting author and photographer Ron Faiola, reading from his beautiful new book Wisconsin Supper Clubs!

Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781572841420
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Agate Publishing - April 16th, 2013

Mariamne Whatley reading from A Taliesin Diary

Celebrate Mother’s Day as a daughter reads her mother’s diary of a year with Frank Lloyd Wright:

Taliesin Diary: A Year with Frank Lloyd Wright Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393733808
Availability: Special Order
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 8th, 2012

World Book Night Giver Reception

On
April 23, 2013, 25,000 volunteers from Berkeley to Boston and Sitka to
Sarasota will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000
towns and cities across the country.  

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