The Egg Harbor Book Festival, the community’s first, was off to any excellent start thanks to Mary “Casey” Martin, who organized the event, and the good people of Egg Harbor who supported it. Over two weekends, August 16-18 and August 24, authors who ranged from Wisconsin’s poet laureate, Max Garland, to a bevy of local writers showing off their wares at the Saturday p.m. author signings, to yours truly who had the keynote spot on Saturday morning.
The weather was great; the setting was more than great. I spoke on the porch of the famous Alpine Resort, which is right on the waters of Green Bay, with sailboats everywhere on Saturday morning. The Alpine Resort, which has been in the same family since 1922, includes, in addition to the beautiful lodge and a group of guest cottages, a 36-hole golf course.
Billed as “The Egg Harbor Book Festival—2013 Road Trip,” one of the purposes of the festival was to raise money for the Egg Harbor Library, described as being the size of a closet. Much thanks to Mary “Casey” Martin, a native of Egg Harbor who now lives in Wisconsin Rapids. She is a writer, a radio interviewer, a publisher (Home Brew Press) and an all-around friend of Wisconsin writers and the book publishing business. Hats off to “Casey” for a job well done—we writers appreciate the work you have done and continue to do.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: If you think books are dead, attend a book festival.
September 7, Milwaukee Public TV. A Farm Story. Live in Milwaukee
September 9, Byron Historical Society, Eden Community Center, 7:00 p.m.
September 10, DTS Banquet talk, Deer Valley Lodge, Barneveld
September 14, Mineral Point Book Festival. 8:30-9:30 Writing Workshop, Mineral Point Library.
September 15, 10:00-1:00 Book Signing, Machine Shed Restaurant, Waukesha.
September 16, Winchester Academy, Waupaca Public Library, 6:30 p.m.
September 18, Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg, WI 7:00 p.m.
September 21, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Old World Wisconsin, Book Signing.
September 23, 6:30-7:30 Mount Horeb Public Library.
September 26, 7:00 p.m. WPT, Premier Showing, “Winter on the Farm,” Green Bay, Rock Garden, 1951 Bond Street, 7:00 p.m.
September 28, 1:00 Barnes and Noble, Wausau, Book Signing.
October 1, 6:00 p.m. UW Memorial Library Commons, WPT “Winter on the Farm.”
October 4-5, Heartland Fall Forum (Book Festival), Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chicago. O’Hare.
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