Friday, September 24, 2010

Poetry Festival & 2 reading events!

Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival

Lorine Faith Niedecker was born and lived most of her life on Blackhawk Island along the banks of the Rock River, south and west of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, not far from where the river flows into Lake Koshkonong. She is described as a "poet of place", but never as a "regional poet" because of the universality of her themes. 

Among poets and critics her reputation has soared since her death.
Basil Bunting, the late Northumbrian poet: "Lorine Niedecker is the best living poetess. No one says so much with so few words." In an interview, Bunting once compared her with Emily Dickinson: "Dickinson is good much of the time, but Niedecker is good all of the time."
See the Poetry Festival page for complete information. 

Alexandra Adornetto, author of Halo

There are a lot of YA novels out there these days, but there aren't many YA novels written by people who are YA themselves. Until now. Now eighteen, Alexandra Adornetto published her first book when she was just fourteen years old!  

Halo is the Australia-native's first U.S. release and is the first in a trilogy that  follows a group of angels sent down to bring good to the world. There's Gabriel the warrior; Ivy the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and least-experienced of the trio. But, she is also the most human, and, when she is romantically drawn to a mortal boy, the angels fear she will not be strong enough to save anyone, especially herself, from the Dark Forces. Plot-driven, and exciting, Halo is also a romantic, heartfelt story about hope, love and redemption.  


Eric Puchner, author of Model Home: A Novel

Warren Ziller moved his family to Southern California in search of a charmed life, and to all appearances, he found it: a gated community not far from the Eric Puchnerbeach, amid the affluent splendor of the 1980s. But the Zillers' American dream is about to be rudely interrupted. Warren has squandered their savings on a bad real estate investment, which he conceals from his wife, Camille, who misreads his secrecy as a sign of an affair. Their children, Dustin, Lyle, and Jonas, have grown as distant as satellites, too busy with their own betrayals and rebellions to notice their parents' distress. When tragedy strikes, the Zillers are forced to move to Warren's abandoned housing development in the desert. In this comically bleak new home, each must reckon with what's led them there and who's to blame-and whether they can summon the forgiveness needed to hold the family together.
With penetrating insights into modern life and an uncanny eye for everyday absurdities, Eric Puchner delivers a wildly funny, heartbreaking, and thoroughly original portrait of an American family.
Daniel Goldin will join this book club discussion to talk about some of his favorite books of the fall.
Author bio: Eric Puchner is an assistant professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College. He has received a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. His short story collection, Music Through the Floor, was a finalist for the NY Public Library's Young Lions Award. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Katharine Noel, and their children. 

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