Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Author Visit - Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Best-selling author Catherine Gilbert Murdock will speak Tues., Sept. 29, 6:30 pm at the Oshkosh Public Library. From their website:

It all started with the immensely popular Dairy Queen and now, just weeks before the release of the long-awaited final book in her trilogy, Catherine Gilbert Murdock comes to the Oshkosh Public Library. Murdock will talk to fans about the continuing story of DJ Schwenk, the Wisconsin farm girl who faces life’s challenges with strength and a voice that rings true with so many young readers.

  • Reading from the upcoming release, Front and Center
  • Book-signing to follow
  • Pre-order copies of Front and Center at the event from Apple Blossom Books LLC, or purchase Murdock’s other titles

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Author Visit - Laura Numeroff

Children's  author Laura Numeroff will do a talk and booksigning at Thurs., Sept. 17, 7:00 pm at the Oshkosh Public Library. From their website:

Beloved children’s author Laura Numeroff takes a whimsical look at families in her latest books,Would I Trade My Parents? and What Brothers Do Best/What Sisters Do Best. Readers of all ages will relate to these stories, which highlight the special bond we share with special people in our lives.
Would I trade my parents?

Presentation and book signing. Books available for purchase at the event fromApple Blossom Books LLC.

For more information about Laura Numeroff & her best-selling books visit her website  at

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dorothy Maxwell

It has come to our attention that Dorothy Maxwell's husband, Richard, passed away June 25th at the age of 95 (a full obit appeared in the Oshkosh Northwestern, June 26, page 5).

Our sympathy goes out to Dorothy and her family!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Writing Prompt - Sept. 5

The writing prompt for Sept. 5 is to write a 6-word memoir. Good luck!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Author Visit - Nancy Wall

Neenah Public Library is hosting Neenah native Nancy Wall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Wall will discuss her book Pulled by the Heart, her real-life story of living and escaping the Middle East.

When Nancy leaves the United States to marry the man she loves in the Middle East, she discovers she has married the culture of the Middle East as well. She moves from Beirut’s bloody civil war to the sand dunes, camels, and riches of the Persian Gulf. While she embraces and thrives in this culture of nomads and millionaires, a sudden change in her husband’s behavior threatens her life and that of her two children. Her choice is simple: Submit to her husband’s demands in the Middle East or find the courage to leave the very things she loves the most and seek her freedom in the United States. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

What is a Short Story?

What is a Short Story? This article by Marion Zimmer Bradley can be found at

It gives her definition of what a short story is and why amateur writers do not get published. It is worth the read. For example, Ms Bradley reminds us that "Most short stories work on some variation of the following (so do most novels, but the novel works at a different speed):A LIKABLE CHARACTER overcomes ALMOST INSUPERABLE ODDS and BY HIS OR HER OWN EFFORTS achieves a WORTHWHILE GOAL."