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The Books of CWBF 2022!

Collage of 2022 books featured at CWBF

September 1, 2022

The following is a selection of books written by authors featured in the 2022 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.

(Please note: Not all items are available from the library catalog at this time. Some won't be released until later this fall.)


ADULT FICTION

Book Cover: NEWS OF THE AIR

"NEWS OF THE AIR" by JILL STUKENBERG

Allie Krane is heavily pregnant when she and her husband flee urban life after a rash of eco-terrorism breaks out in their city. They reinvent themselves as the proprietors of a northwoods fishing resort, where they live in relative peace for nearly two decades. That is, until two strange children arrive by canoe.

Book Cover: WHEN I'M GONE, LOOK FOR ME IN THE EAST

"WHEN I'M GONE, LOOK FOR ME IN THE EAST" by QUAN BARRY

Tasked with finding the reincarnation of a great lama across windswept Mongolia, young monk Chulun and his estranged identical twin, Mun, who can hear each other’s thoughts, traverse through this land, making a journey where faith, love and brotherhood haunts them.

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Book Cover: GODSPEED

"GODSPEED" by NICKOLAS BUTLER

In this riveting new novel by the bestselling and award-winning author of "Shotgun Lovesongs," three troubled construction workers get entangled in a dangerous plan to finish building a home against an impossible deadline.

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Book Cover: A DEATH IN DOOR COUNTY

"A DEATH IN DOOR COUNTY" by ANNELISE RYAN

A Wisconsin bookstore owner and hobbyist cryptozoologist agrees to help the local police chief after several bodies show up on the shores of Lake Michigan with giant bites from an unknown animal.

 

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Book Cover: ROGUE ELEMENTS

"ROGUE ELEMENTS" by JOHN JACKSON MILLER

The captain of La Sirena, Cristóbal Rios, on the run from outlaws, fortune seekers, power brokers and relic hunters, learns that a good crew is hard to find as he draws on a Starfleet legend’s experiences when he stumbles upon a mystery.

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Book Cover:  DEATH CASTS A SHADOW

" DEATH CASTS A SHADOW" by PATRICIA SKALKA

With Door County caught in the grip of a fierce winter storm, Sheriff Dave Cubiak agrees to do a simple favor for a friend of his wife: he stops by to check in on an affluent widow with a questionable new suitor. His initial disquiet is easily dismissed—until she is found dead the next morning in her home. Past and present collide as Cubiak’s search for answers uncovers the sad legacy of loneliness and the disquieting links between wealth and poverty on the peninsula.

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Book Cover: SWITCHBOARD SOLDIERS

"SWITCHBOARD SOLDIERS" by JENNIFER CHIAVERINI

In 1917, Grace Banker from N.J., Marie Moissec from France, and Valerie DeSmedt, originally from Belgium, are recruited as a telephone operators, aka switchboard solders, to help American forces communicate between troops as bombs fell around them.

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Book Cover: SHOULDER SEASON

"SHOULDER SEASON" by CHRISTINA CLANCY

A dazzling portrait of a young woman coming into her own, the youthful allure of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and what we lose—and gain—when we leave home.

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ADULT NONFICTION

Book Cover: MORE THAN WORDS

"MORE THAN WORDS" by JERRY APPS

(Not yet available as of 9/21.)

In "More Than Words," Jerry Apps writes about his path to becoming one of the Midwest's bestknown and most revered writers. He shares the joys, disappointments, and frustrations of the writing life and describes the genesis and creation of many of his best-known publications.

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Book Cover: THE BIRDMAN OF KOSHKONONG

"THE BIRDMAN OF KOSHKONONG" by MARTHA BERGLAND

Thure Kumlien, a Swedish settler in Wisconsin, was an ornithologist, botanist, and naturalist working on the shore of Lake Koshkonong in the mid-1800s. This biography draws on primary and secondary sources to give details on his education, career, collections, and work for the University of Wisconsin, and his role as the first curator of the Milwaukee Public Museum.

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Book Cover: GRAY MATTERS

"GRAY MATTERS" by ELLYN LEM

This wide-ranging discussion for undergraduates and general readers offers an accessible overview of issues in aging studies and gerontology, with examples from literature, nonfiction, film, TV, and popular culture, along with stories and insights from a survey of 200 elderly people.

Book Cover: DEAD LINES

"DEAD LINES" by GEORGE HESSELBERG

Veteran newspaper reporter George Hesselberg offers profiles of local leaders and colorful characters who were given obituaries or news stories in the Wisconsin State Journal. They run the gamut from the first female detective through reformers, researchers, radio personalities, homeless people, the mayor of a nude beach, and even a few local animals.

Book Cover: BEYOND EVACUATION

"BEYOND EVACUATION" by NAJID AZAD

(Not yet available as of 9/26.)

Leader of a progressive political party, and former spokesman for the President of Afghanistan, Azad knew he was a marked man the moment the Taliban entered Kabul in 2021. This is his harrowing and heartwarming story of how he, his wife and four small children were forced, like his parents and grandparents before him, to seek refuge abroad.

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Book Cover: WE WANT SNOW!

"WE WANT SNOW!" by JAMIE SWENSON

In this raucous, rhyming plea for snow, a group of youngsters imagines the cold-weather delights they'll enjoy once winter arrives. But once the flakes start to fall, are the youngsters in for more than they bargained for?

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Book Cover: THE KATE IN BETWEEN

"THE KATE IN BETWEEN" by CLAIRE SWINARSKI

Ditching her best friend and joining a clique of popular girls to escape the pain of her mother’s abandonment, Kate is forced to face the truth about herself and her actions when her participation in a bullying incident goes viral.

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For more about the Central Wisconsin Book Festival, visit www.mcpl.us/cwbf!



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image credit: Image by Ben Krombholz, Marathon County Public Library staff. Book covers: fair use.