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Local writer has humorous style

Local writer has humorous style

Each column allows readers to dive into the funny, heartfelt world of Matt Geiger.

Doug Moe, Madison Magazine
Dec 12 2016

What I want to know is: How has there been this delightful writer living in my area code for more than a decade and I’ve just heard about him?

It’s true that his first book was released just last week, and that he writes columns for small newspapers that I don’t often see. But still. The world needs to know about Matt Geiger.

Consider this lead from an essay titled “Philosophy.”

“Calling home from college to tell your parents you are switching your major to philosophy and theology is a rather sobering experience for everyone involved.
“For them, it is much like a call from jail, only worse because instead of a one-time bail payment, you are essentially informing them you will require financial subsidies for the rest of your life. For you, it is perhaps even more difficult, because there is a slight chance this is the final straw and they will decline to pay for your food for the next fifty years. In my case, I had already made the call from jail a few years earlier, which surely did not help my chances.”

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Goss discusses her book, The Uncommitted, at Crossroads Coffeehouse

Star News

When award-winning author Margaret Goss came to Crossroads Coffeehouse in Cross Plains recently, she signed books, met with fans, and talked about the supernatural elements in her debut book: The Uncommitted.

She also took a few moments to answer questions about her craft, and the importance of faith, spirits and symbolism in storytelling.

Read the full interview here.

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Author plumbs truth, memories and Ipswich

By Dan Mac Alpine

Geiger Counter - Raised by WolvesMatt Geiger remembers the shortest route to downtown Ipswich from his childhood home on Appleton Farms was the railroad tracks.

“And it was still a long walk,” Geiger, IHS Class of 1998, said.

That isolation provides the baseline for his first book, “Raised by Wolves and Other Stories,” a collection of columns and stories he’s written in his career as a journalist. Geiger calls the book “truish” and said it collectively tells a “single, coherent, narrative” about growing up, seeing the world from different places and memories from different spaces — what Geiger calls a “ personal, historic, memoir novel.”

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Interview with Author Mary J. Dowell

Playing Through the FenceWriters@Work: Interview with Mary J. Dowell author of Playing Through the Fence: Stories from 19 Women Who Challenged Stereotypes, Prejudice and Other Barriers to Achieve Career Success

Playing Through the Fence is a labor of love that took eight years to bring to fruition. It originated from a childhood memory, which I share in the book’s preface, when a young white girl moved in next door in my all-black neighborhood. We became friends but were only allowed (due to the times) to play on separate sides of the tattered wire fence that separated us. Determined, we found holes to play through for as long as the family lived there. This memory transformed into a book with what I call a gift of divine inspiration, serving as a metaphor for obstacles we all face in our lives and careers. The stories shared from the incredible women I interviewed illustrate this idea of breaking through barriers out of our control to find success in our personal and/or professional lives.

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“The Geiger Counter” book launch party

Geiger CounterCelebrate with author Matt Geiger on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at  Wisconsin Brewing Company  in Verona from 6-8 p.m.  The official book launch  party will include a signing, copies for sale and a  chance to chat with the author.

Purchase the book here.

Geiger’s debut book finds humor, inspiration in the unknown

Middleton Times-Tribune

“We all have so much in common. You wouldn’t think it from the endless cavalcade of animosity and discord on the Internet, but we do,” observes author Matt Geiger as he prepares for the release of his debut book. “We all live, we all die, and we are all far more confused by the world around us than we like to admit.”

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Geiger’s debut book finds humor, inspiration in the unknown

Middleton Times-Tribune
Erin Vander Weele

We all have so much in common. You wouldn’t think it from the endless cavalcade of animosity and discord on the Internet, but we do,” observes author Matt Geiger as he prepares for the release of his debut book. “We all live, we all die, and we are all far more confused by the world around us than we like to admit.”

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Author Mary Dowell Featured in Business Journal

 Q&A: Milwaukee executive Mary Dowell writes book highlighting women who overcame obstacles

Playing Through the FenceMark Kass
Milwaukee Business Journal

Nov 7, 2016

Milwaukee business executive Mary Dowell has released a new book that highlights women who challenged and overcame obstacles in their personal and professional lives.

The book, “Playing Through the Fence,” features 19 stories of women, including 17 from the Milwaukee area, who challenged stereotypes, prejudice and other barriers to achieve career success.

Read full article  | Purchase the book

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Fermenting Cellars: Read Between the Wines with Wisconsin Authors

HenschelHaus Author Nick Chiarkas will appear at Read Between the Wines. He looks forward to Read Between the Wines and discussing his novel “Weepers”, which just won Third Place in the Public Safety Writers Association’s 2016 national competition for “Best full-length Published Novel.”

Time: Saturday, September 17 at 12 PM – 3 PM

Fermenting Cellars Winery, 2004 W. Manogue Rd., Janesville, WI 53545

Admission: Free

Enjoy a day of tasting wines and meeting nine Wisconsin authors at Fermenting Cellars Winery. Picnic lunches available for purchase.

Authors in attendance with their books for sale/sampling include:

Julie Castle, Nicholas Chiarkas, Sherry Derr-Wille, Linda Godfry, Margaret M. Goss, Pat Hall, HR Jones, Jerry Peterson, Leanne Lippincott-Wuerthele

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Woman gets greatest gift by reconnecting with dying father

Milwaukee News
June 18, 2016

The subtitle of Marian Freund’s book is what grabbed me first: “Teaching My Dying Father How to Love Me.”

Resonating in those eight words are notes of unfinished business, loss and finally triumph of the heart.

“What I realize,” she writes, “is that I am having a relationship with dad that I have never had in my life, and it is all overshadowed by the fact that he is dying. To lose what is just beginning is hard to contemplate, much less accept.”

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From Suburban Housewife to Outdoor Guide

Life on the LooseThe Shepherd Express
Cari Taylor-Carlson’s passionate memoir of Venture West
By Jenni Herrick
May. 17, 2016

Milwaukeean Cari Taylor-Carlson has always been wildly passionate about the outdoors and is no stranger to kayaks, camping tents or canoes. But after a painful divorce in the 1980s, she took her passion to another level when she abruptly left her suburban existence to found Venture West, an outdoor adventure travel company. In her new memoir, Life on the Loose: My Journey from Suburban Housewife to Outdoor Guide, this conversant Wisconsin writer provides a courageous and honest account of her 30-year business venture with Venture West, leading weeks-long group tours across the country to destinations ranging from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to Zion National Park.

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Rick Wehler embraces life ‘North of Normal’

Rick Wehler has viewed his life with humor — from medical travails, raising three sons and adventures in both Wisconsin and his Minnesota hometown.

Rick started writing stories about his life when emailing back and forth with his sister. He eventually began sharing them with friends and family and after years of their urging, he just published a collection of stories and anecdotes titled North of Normal: Minne-Sconsin Stories.

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Elkhorn native in print again

The Beacon
March 11, 2016

Richard Van Scotter has published his fourth book, and first novel, “Thin Ice: Race, Sports and Awakening in the1950s.”

The Elkhorn native has set the story in a southeastern Wisconsin city named Elk Woods, which he says is “mildly disguised and based on actual settings and events with creative license.” Walworth County residents will have little trouble  identifying the models for villages, their high schools and teams.

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“The Uncommitted” is an engrossing debut novel

by Michael Popke
The Isthmus
December 3, 2015

Catholicism plays a central role in the debut novel from Madison author Margaret Goss, but readers need not share her beliefs in order to relate to The Uncommitted — a surprisingly dark tale of spiritual struggle.

Published by Three Towers Press in Milwaukee, this story set in St. Paul, Minn., contains references to such Madison institutions as UW Children’s Hospital (now American Family Children’s Hospital) and Culver’s, and revolves around Josephine Reilly, a 35-year-old mother of three who can communicate with the dead via dreams, visions and telepathy. While experimenting with what she initially considers a “gift,” she unlocks an invisible evil that threatens her family and drives her to the brink of self-destruction.

Beginning at about the halfway point, diligent readers will be able to put together some of the pieces and anticipate the book’s conclusion, but they should keep reading. An epic final scene set in a desolate Arizona cemetery attempts to bring closure; then Goss adds a provocative twist in the epilogue.

Read the full review at The Isthmus


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Local nonprofit founder, writer releases his book ‘The Pivotal Life’

By Maile Bucher
Town News Today
Mequon, WI

“The Pivotal Life: A Compass for Discovering Purpose, Passion & Perspective” invokes readers to consider a more conscious life plan.

The book shares stories from Mequon resident and Homestead High School alum Jeff Wenzler’s “pivotal life,” which encompasses the major points of humility, wisdom, belief, honor, reflection, shared life, movement and opportunity. Read more…

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Five HenschelHAUS Authors USA Book Awards Finalists

HenschelHAUS Publishing is proud to announce our 2015 USA Book Awards Finalists

Feng Shui & Charlotte Nightingale
by Pam Ferderbar
HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc.
Finalist in the Fiction: Chick Lit / Women’s Lit Category

Our Final Melody: Teaching My Dying Father How to Love Meby Marian L. Freund
HenschelHAUS Books
Finalist in the Health: Death & Dying Category

In Warm Blood: Prison and Privilege, Hurt and Heartby Judith Gwinn Adrian & DarRen Morris
HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc.
Finalist in the Multi-Cultural: Non-Fiction and True Crime: Non-Fiction Categories

The METUS Principle: Recognizing, Understanding, and Managing Fearby Brian A. Peters, M.Ed., M.S.A., M.B.A.
Mavenmark Books
Finalist in the Philosophy Category

Healing the Soul: Unexpected Stories of Courage, Hope, and the Power of Mind
by Bhupendra O. Khatri, MD
HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc.
Finalist in the Health: General and Self-Help: Motivational Categories

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Norwich Cathedral graveside ceremony for Edith Cavell

BBC News
Oct 10, 2015 | Norfolk

A graveside ceremony has been held at Norwich Cathedral ahead of the 100th anniversary of the death of World War One nurse Edith Cavell.

Ms Cavell served in a hospital in Belgium and treated Allied, German and Austrian soldiers.

She was executed by a German firing squad on 12 October 1915 after helping Allied prisoners escape to Holland.

Hundreds packed the grounds of the cathedral, including dignitaries from Belgium and Germany. Read more…