The Stories Behind the Stories: Wisconsin Women Authors Reading

Event date: 
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 2:00pm

A Room of One’s Own is delighted to welcome six Wisconsin authors sharing previously untold anecdotes about their recent work.

Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick has been a feature writer at metro daily newspapers in Hannibal, St. Louis, and Milwaukee. Her dispatches from the streets of Lower Manhattan describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks are memorialized in Washington DC’s Newseum and in the State Historical Society of Missouri archives. Her work has appeared in anthologies, literary reviews, and national magazines. After living in Milwaukee for 40 years, she recently moved to Glenview, IL. * Going on Nine (Familius, 2014) A coming-of-age story is told in the voice of an eight-year-old girl and in wise hindsight by the mature woman she is today. * A Matter of Happenstance (Plain View Press, 2010) A four-generation family saga novel explores the power of personal character over coincidence.

Madison native Jessie Garcia has been a TV sportscaster for twenty years, first with WISC in Madison and currently with WTMJ in Milwaukee. Garcia was one of the first women in the country to host an NFL coach’s show. When not reporting or anchoring for WTMJ, Garcia can be found teaching journalism at Carroll University in Waukesha, writing her next two books, or enjoying time with her husband and their two sons. * My Life with the Green and Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2013) A veteran sportscaster brings fans to the sidelines at Lambeau Field, inside the locker room, aboard the Packers bus, and into the host's chair at The Mike McCarthy Show.

As the youngest of nine children, Julia Pandl yearned to work at the suburban Milwaukee restaurant owned by her kind, bookish father. When she was 12, she got her wish, and went to work peeling and chopping in the restaurant kitchen. After fifteen years, she left the family business, took a sales job, learned to play golf, and began to write her first book. * Memoir of the Sunday Brunch (Algonquin, 2013) Irreverent and openhearted memoir offers tender wisdom about the bonds between fathers and daughters and the simple pleasures that lie in the daily ritual of breaking bread.

Elizabeth Ridley is the author of four novels, a freelance book editor, publicist, and publishing consultant. She recently made the leap into independent filmmaking. Her production company, Girl on the Lam Productions, is at work on: a full-length independent feature film: Handle With Care, a warm-hearted family drama. * Dear Mr. Carson (Permanent Press, 2014) A plucky pre-teen breaks out of fat camp and embarks upon a cross-country adventure in search of her late-night TV idol.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Eva Augustin Rumpf left the city at age 18 to attend Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, where she majored in English, graduating summa cum laude. She later earned a Master of Arts degree in journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has held a number of positions during her career, working as an English teacher, a reporter at The Milwaukee Journal, a publications editor, a staff aide to former Milwaukee Mayor Henry W. Maier, a public relations executive, and journalism instructor at several colleges and universities. She is the author of a novel, a memoir, and a nonfiction guide for women. * Reclamation: Memories from a New Orleans Girlhood (Booklocker, 2009) Moving account of the author’s childhood shows her struggle for identity in a large family and why she felt compelled to leave New Orleans.

After a hard fall from a tall horse landed Mary T. Wagner—then a freelance writer and a soccer mom with four young children—in a body cast for three months, she changed careers, went to law school, took a job as a criminal prosecutor, and bought her first pair of spike heels. And then she started writing again. Wagner’s slice-of-life essays have won national and regional awards for humor, inspiration and memoir. * When the Shoe Fits ― Essays of Love, Life and Second Chances (Waterhorse Press, 2014) “Best of” slice-of-life essay collection by award-winning author sometimes compared to Erma Bombeck…but “in sexier shoes!”

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