Kristin Oakley, author of Carpe Diem, Illinois

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 6:30pm

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome local author Kristin Oakley for a reading and book signing in celebration of her debut novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois.

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Kristin A. Oakley grew up Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; returned to Madison to study at the University of Wisconsin; practiced law in Boston; raised two daughters in Illinois; and explored Europe from her home base in Belgium. She's now back in Madison pursuing her writing career both as an author and as a writing instructor at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Her debut novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois is published through Little Creek Press. She's currently writing the sequel God on Mayhem Street and is playing around with an idea for a science fiction novel.

For decades, the small town of Carpe Diem, Illinois has quietly unschooled its children, eschewing tests and classrooms for real-life experiences. Now, long-smoldering political feuds and deep personal secrets threaten to explode. When her mother is hospitalized in Carpe Diem after an auto accident, teenager Tali Shaw, the daughter of a powerful state senator, finds herself at the heart of a vicious conspiracy to bring Carpe Diem down. Can prize-winning Chicago Examiner reporter Leo Townsend overcome his own demons and expose those behind the scheme before it's too late? And when the truth is finally revealed, can Carpe Diem ever be the same?

Learn more about Kristin at

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
53703-2218 Madison
SKU: 9780989978033