Mel Miskimen, author of Sit, Stay, Heal

Event date: 
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
Mel Miskimen author photo with Seamus the black lab

A Room of One's Own welcomes local dog lover and author Mel Miskimen and her beloved black lab Seamus for a reading at our store!

Rowdy, reckless Seamus is the last dog you’d find in a training field. Instead of obediently retrieving, he stubbornly follows his heart, wherever it may lead.

Mel Miskimen’s heart is heavy. Her mom, the family rock, the provider of apple pies and stubborn fan of Brett Favre, just died. Even more, her curmudgeon of a father isn’t really coping. How can Mel reconnect with an old man more interested in field dog training than discussing his feelings?

Enter Seamus. The hapless black lab throws their grief into joyful disarray. Mel encourages her dad to mold Seamus into a champion retriever.. But as the seasons change, and memories follow, Mel realizes she must face her own fears, and that the road to Seamus’s field trials might just heal them all.

At turns hilarious and heart breaking, Sit Stay Heal will touch the souls of dog lovers everything, and speak to anyone seeking a way to connect with those they’ve lost.

Mel Miskimen is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and a frequent essayist for Milwaukee Public Radio. She is the author of Sit Stay Heal: How an Underachieving Labrador Won Our Hearts and Brought Us Together (Sourcebooks, 2016) and Cop's Kid: A Milwaukee Memoir (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003). For more, visit

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
Sit Stay Heal: How an Underachieving Labrador Won Our Hearts and Brought Us Together Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492632276
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks - September 6th, 2016