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The Books of CWBF 2021!

CWBF logo on 2021 book covers

September 9, 2021

The following is a selection of books written by authors featured in the 2021 Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF)

From fiction to nonfiction to poetry, this year's CWBF will be a great opportunity for members of the community to hear from notable writers with diverse backgrounds. 

Check out the following items before or after the festival to explore their creations:


ADULT FICTION

Book Cover: RAFT OF STARS

"RAFT OF STARS" by ANDREW GRAFF

Fleeing into the woods believing that they have accidentally murdered an abusive parent, two young boys, unaware that they have become the focus of a desperate search, navigate dangerous natural threats in their effort to survive. 

Book Cover: MODERN JUNGLES

"MODERN JUNGLES" by PAO LOR

As a five-year-old boy, Pao Lor joined thousands of Hmong who fled for their lives through the jungles of Laos in the aftermath of war. After a difficult and perilous journey that neither of his parents survived, he reached the safety of Thailand, but the young refugee boy's challenges were only just beginning.

Book Cover: BOUGH CUTTER

"BOUGH CUTTER" by JEFF NANIA

When grouse hunters stumble upon a body in the backwoods, Sheriff John Cabrelli works to untangle the complex case, while stressed relationships, public outcries for justice, and pressure from the media compound the situation. 

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    Book Cover: THE WEAVER'S REVENGE

    "THE WEAVER'S REVENGE" by KATHLEEN ERNST

    When offered a rare opportunity to help develop a fledgling historic site dedicated to Finnish American history and heritage, curator Chloe Ellefson journeys to the remote Northwoods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In addition to the consultant job, she's on a personal quest to learn about the enduring tradition of rag rug weaving. Encountering a dead body upon arrival, however, immediately puts that goal in jeopardy.

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      Book Cover: BENEATH THE FLAMES

      "BENEATH THE FLAMES" by GREGORY LEE RENZ

      To prove himself as a professional fire fighter, Mitch Garner leaves both his Wisconsin farm and the love of his life to work in Milwaukee. He is assigned to Milwaukee Fire Department Station 5 located in what is known as "the core", where residents have faced poverty, hardship, racism, crime, hopelessness and little compassion.

      Book Cover: THE STREEL

      "THE STREEL" by MARY LOGUE

      Brigid, an Irish immigrant fleeing the potato famine, must clear her brother’s name and manage his mining claim in Deadwood, South Dakota after he is suspected of a grisly crime in the first novel of a new series.

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        CHILDREN'S BOOKS

        Book Cover: POKKO AND THE DRUM

        "POKKO AND THE DRUM" by MATTHEW FORSYTHE

        The award-winning illustrator of "My Name Is Elizabeth!" presents the story of a little frog, Pokko, who takes a magical drum deep into the quiet forest, where her playing draws the attention of musical animal friends.

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        Book Cover: PEACE

        "PEACE" by BAPTISTE PAUL & MIRANDA PAUL

        From saying hello and pronouncing your friend's name correctly to giving more than you take and saying I'm sorry, this simple concept book explores definitions of peace and actions small and big that foster it.

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        Book Cover: ASTRID AND APOLLO

        "ASTRID AND APOLLO" by V. T. BIDANIA

        Astrid is afraid of the dark and doesn't want to go on her family camping trip. But her twin brother, Apollo, is excited. When they encounter scary things such as crawly bugs and the creepy dark, Apollo helps his twin through them. And when they encounter the scariest thing of all, Astrid might just be the one to save the starry campout.

        Book Cover: SHIRLEY & JAMILA SAVE THEIR SUMMER

        "SHIRLEY & JAMILA SAVE THEIR SUMMER" by GILLIAN GOERZ

        Befriending an unusual girl after moving to a new neighborhood, Jamilia discovers that her new friend is the community’s best kid detective and becomes a crime-solving partner to help a young boy track down his missing pet gecko.

        Book Cover: ON THE GO AWESOME

        "ON THE GO AWESOME" by LISL DETLEFSEN

        A high-energy depiction of the many ways that people travel invites young transportation enthusiasts to imagine themselves as the drivers of everyday through extraordinary vehicles, from trains and planes to excavators and rocket ships.

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          Book Cover: THE LINE TENDER

          "THE LINE TENDER" by KATE ALLEN

          Following a tragedy that further alters the course of her life, twelve-year-old Lucy Everhart decides to continue the shark research her marine biologist mother left unfinished when she died years earlier.

          Book Cover: WHAT IF A FISH

          "WHAT IF A FISH" by ANIKA FAJARDO

          Eleven-year-old Eddie Aguado is convinced that winning the 14th Annual Arne Hopkins Dock Fishing Tournament (once he actually learns how to fish) will bring him closer to his dad, who died when Eddie was only five.

           

          Book Cover: ROCK ON KINDNESS!

          "ROCK ON KINDNESS!" by STEPHENI CURRAN

          The story tells of a 7 year old girl named Ally, whose favorite hobby is painting and hiding rocks to bring happiness to others.

          TEEN BOOKS

          Book Cover: WE WILL ALWAYS BE HERE

          "WE WILL ALWAYS BE HERE" by JENNY KALVAITIS

          This inspiring and educational book presents examples of LGBTQ+ activism throughout Wisconsin's history for young people to explore and discuss.

          ADULT NONFICTION

          Book Cover: HOPE IS THE THING: WISCONSINITES ON PERSEVERANCE IN A PANDEMIC

          "HOPE IS THE THING: WISCONSINITES ON PERSEVERANCE IN A PANDEMIC" by B. J. HOLLARS

          In March 2020, as a pandemic began to ravage our world, writer and professor B. J. Hollars started a collaborative writing project to bridge the emotional challenges created by our physical distancing. Drawing upon Emily Dickinson's famous poem "Hope is the thing with feathers," Hollars called on Wisconsinites to reflect on their own glimpses of hope in the era of COVID-19. The call resulted in an avalanche of submissions, each reflecting on hope's ability to persist and flourish, even in the darkest times.

          Book Cover: MY JOURNEY FROM BOXING RING TO BOARDROOM

          "MY JOURNEY FROM BOXING RING TO BOARDROOM" by HECTOR COLON

              Far more than a business memoir, "From Boxing Ring to Boardroom" follows Héctor Colón from his challenging childhood through his international boxing success to his current position as CEO of one of the Midwest's largest nonprofit organizations.

          Book Cover: WHY BUSHWICK BILL MATTERS

          "WHY BUSHWICK BILL MATTERS" by CHARLES L. HUGHES

          An astute chronicle of the life and cultural significance of Bushwick Bill, who remixed spectacle as he exposed and exploited ableist and racist assumptions to become a singular voice in rap and the relentless battle over free speech in the United States.

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            Book Cover: ALL THE ADAMS IN THE WORLD

            "ALL THE ADAMS IN THE WORLD" by SHEILA SILVER

            From the earliest days when she knew “something is wrong”, to helping Adam mature into a young man who lives independently with support, "All the Adams in the World" tells Sheila's thirty year journey of confronting the obstacles, attitudes, and frustrations along with the love and joy that comes with acceptance.

            Book Cover: LITKA

            "LITKA" by JULITTA SZCZEPANSKA

            These are memoirs about a happy family with three children in Poland, whose normal life was disrupted by the outbreak of WWII in 1939. They were written by the youngest daughter Litka, who just turned 10 at the time when the war started.


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            image credit: Image by Ben Krombholz, Marathon County Public Library staff.