Upcoming Events

  MEET LAURENCE GONZALES

Author of "Flight 232 - A Story of Disaster and Survival"

Sunday, August 10th — 2 pm
Discussion and Signing

As hundreds of rescue workers waited on the ground, United Airlines Flight 232 wallowed drunkenly over the bluffs northwest of Sioux City. The plane slammed onto the runway and burst into a vast fireball. The rescuers didn't move at first: nobody could possibly survive that crash. And then people began emerging from the summer corn that lined the runways. Miraculously, 184 of 296 passengers lived.

No one has ever attempted the complete reconstruction of a crash of this magnitude. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, crew, and airport and rescue personnel, Laurence Gonzales, a commercial pilot himself, captures, minute by minute, the harrowing journey of pilots flying a plane with no controls and flight attendants keeping their calm in the face of certain death. He plumbs the hearts and minds of passengers as they pray, bargain with God, plot their strategies for survival, and sacrifice themselves to save others.

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  WELCOME BACK LAURA CALDWELL

The Dog Park

Author of "The Dog Park"

Friday, August 15th — 7 pm
Book Reading and Signing

A couple's best friend?

Stylist Jessica Champlin knows it takes more than a darling goldendoodle to save a marriage. She and her ex-husband, investigative journalist Sebastian Hess, had too many irreconcilable differences for even their beloved dog, Baxter, to heal. So they've agreed to joint custody, and life has settled into a prickly normalcy.
But when Baxter heroically rescues a child and the video footage goes viral, Jess and Sebastian are thrown together again, and her life takes some very unexpected twists. The line of dogwear she creates becomes wildly successful, and suddenly she's in the spotlight with everyone watching--the press, the new guy she's seeing, Sebastian and the past she never imagined she would face again. Soon there's only one person by her side--and it's the person she least expected. She's willing to open up to a new normal...just as long as Baxter approves.

  MEET FRANK GRUBER

Author of "Start-Up Mixology"

Friday, September 5th — 7 pm

Entrepreneurship starts with an idea and a dream: a dream of a better world for others, and a life less ordinary for yourself. These days, more people than ever are full of world-changing ideas and, thanks to technology, have the means to bring them to life.

Join us to meet Frank Gruber, the co-founder of media company Tech Cocktail, a veteran entrepreneur and investor who was named one of the most connected people in tech. This book covers the basic "ingredients" of winning entrepreneurship. Gruber explains how to tackle everything from idea generation to launch to marketing to funding and how to start getting things done.

  MEET JOHN DOMAGALSKI

Ensconced

Author of "Into the Dark Water"

Saturday, September 6th — 1 to 3 pm

Made famous by her final commanding officer, John F. Kennedy, PT-109 is one of the most celebrated warships in American history. However, a full chronicle of PT-109 s wartime story has heretofore been lacking. Behind the familiar account of the future president and the boat s violent demise is the little-known record under two previous officers during the swirling battles around Guadalcanal.In these mainly nocturnal fights, when the Japanese navy was at its apex, America s small, fast-boat flotillas would sally out to probe enemy strength, vying with enemy destroyers, who were similarly roaming the waters and able to blast a PT-boat out of the water if main armament could be brought to bear. It was constant hit-and-run and dodging between searchlights across Iron Bottom Sound, as the PT-boats darted in among the enemy fleet, like a barroom brawl with the lights turned out. Bryant Larson and Rollin Westholm preceded Kennedy as commanders of PT-109, and their fights with the brave ship and its crew hold second to none in the chronicles of US Navy daring. As the battles moved on across the Pacific the PT-boat flotillas gained confidence, even as the Japanese, too, learned lessons in how to destroy them.Under its third and final commander, Kennedy, PT-109 came a cropper as a Japanese destroyer suddenly emerged from a dark mist and rammed it in half. read more

  MEET ED LeCRONE

Author of "Second Chance"

Saturday, September 13th — 1 to 3 pm

Ed LeCrone brings history to life in his latest novel, Second Chance, portraying the tension between the United States and the imperial French government at the close of the Civil War.

Former Union infantryman Chance Neunan resumes his quest to re-connect with the woman he discoverd during the war. Neunan is rejected by his mixed race love interest who feels that the barriers involved in their coupling will be insurmountable. No knowing the location of Andrea Edwards except that she was an executive in the Freedmen's Bureau organization in Texas, the newly recruited cavalry trooper volunteers for a hazardous mission in order to continue his search.

Come meet novelist Ed LeCrone and travel to the U.S./Mexican border in his latest work of fiction.

  MEET PATRICIA SKALKA

Author of "Death Stalks Door County"

Saturday, September 20th — 1 to 3 pm

Please join us in welcoming Patricia Skalka and celebrate the release of her debut novel, Death Stalks Door County, the first in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries series... smart, hard-edged detective fiction on a popular vacation peninsula, a scenic wonderland surrounded by the pristine waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan.

Six deaths mar the holiday mood as summer vacationers enjoy Wisconsin's beautiful Door County peninsula. Murders or bizarre accidents? Newly hired park ranger Dave Cubiak, a former Chicago homicide detective, assumes the worst but refuses to get involved. Grief-stricken and guilt-ridden over the loss of his wife and daughter, he's had enough of death.

Forced to confront the past, the morose Cubiak moves beyond hsi own heartache and starts investigating, even as a popular festival draws more people into possible danger. In a desparate search for clues, Cubiak uncovers a tangled web of greed, betrayal, bitter rivalries and lost love beneath the peninsula's travel-brochure veneer. Befriended by several locals but unsure whom to trust or to suspect of murder, the one-time cop tracks a cleaver killer.

Escape into this new mystery series set right here in our region!