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Meet local author, illustrator at Book World

Book World of Janesville is excited to host  have a local author Jim Thompson and illustrator Rebecca Gavney Driscoll from 1-3PM on Saturday, Nov. 25. The couple will present their book, “Peanut of Blind Faith Farm.” The book is the true story of a blind lamb born on their farm.

About the book

Peanut of Blind Faith FarmMeet Peanut, a tiny lamb born on our farm one summer.

Peanut was beautiful. She had dark brown wool, with a little curly halo of white on top of her head.

But Peanut was different than other lambs; she was born blind. She could not see her food or water or even her own mother. Often, it’s hard for farm animals with disabilities to survive since without help it can be very difficult for them to live productive lives.

We decided to give Peanut a chance. Thankfully, Peanut’s mom, “Sweetie Pie,” was a nurturing and protective mother who helped Peanut find her milk and so much more. But Peanut needed our help to learn how to lie down and find water in our big pasture. Once we put a jingle bell around Sweetie Pie’s neck, Peanut could always tell where her mother was just by listening.

With her keen sense of smell, she learned how to find the tallest grass. With her sharp hearing, she was able to hear when an apple fell from an apple tree and hurry to the spot where it landed for a tasty snack.

She sometimes had to endure the head-butts of some not-so-friendly sheep, but she learned how to become more confident and give a few little playful head-butts of her own.

This is the joyful and true story about how a lamb overcame a lot of hard challenges to become a happy and healthy member of her flock. And she also became the star of Blind Faith Farm.

About the author

Jim Thompson and his wife Laura live on a hobby farm in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. An Air Force veteran, Jim returned to Wisconsin in 1983, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Zoology. He spent the next 20 years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, mostly as a Lake Michigan Fisheries Technician.

Semi-retiring in 2007, he took up hobby farming. Not long after, he and Laura acquired five Shetland sheep as an experiment, to help keep the farm’s vegetation under control, with thoughts of also producing fine Shetland wool for Laura’s knitting and spinning hobbies. The flock of five soon turned to 15, including a tiny blind lamb named Peanut, who inspired Jim and Laura to name their property Blind Faith Farm.

The farm produces mostly Shetland wool, and Blind Faith’s fleeces have garnered numerous awards.

Jim has two children: Erika, a teacher in Homer, Alaska, and Michael, a biomedical technician at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. Aside from tending to farm chores his other pursuits include fishing but rarely catching, and admiring whitetail deer. The rest of his spare time is spent planning his next trip to Alaska, researching the perfect grilled halibut or salmon recipe, and just hanging out doing anything with Michael.

Meet local author Kathleen Watson at Book World

Author and Janesville native Kathleen Watson will be at Book World from 1-3PM on Saturday, July 29. Watson will be signing copies of her book, “Grammar For People Who Hate Rules.”

Come purchase a copy of the book, meet the author and get an autograph, and browse Book World’s large selection of books and magazines.

About the book

Grammar For People Who Hate RulesWorried about choosing the right word? Puzzled by punctuation? This easy-to-read guide is full of examples to help you make the right choice.

Ever worry that your email to a client might have embarrassing grammar mistakes? That your report for your boss won’t meet expectations? That your professor will find fault with your mid-term paper?

Communication skills are valued in every field and in every position. Whether you’re in a classroom, you’ve been out of school for a while, or you’ve just grown accustomed to texting and today’s digital shortcuts, now’s the time to jump back into the grammar game.

The easy-to-follow tips in Grammar For People Who Hate Rules, a straightforward guide to help you avoid many of today’s common word and punctuation errors, will remind you what you’ve forgotten and elevate your writing — and speaking — to a new level.

Whether you’re writing for work, for school — or even creating a knockout profile for LinkedIn or a dating website — the tips in this book will bring you up to speed with today’s English grammar.

You’ll build your reputation as you build your mastery, impressing your clients, your boss, your professor — or maybe even your potential mate!

About the author

Kathleen WatsonWriting and grammar expert Kathleen Watson, fondly known as The Ruthless Editor, has nearly three decades of experience in corporate and academic worlds.

She has helped business professionals fine-tune their communication style, college students strengthen their writing, and Ph.D. candidates polish their dissertations.

As a fiction and non-fiction book editor, she has helped many authors hone their writing skills.

Meet author Cathy Lueers at Book World

Victory Lane Korean War Veteran's Journey through the VA Health SystemBook World is proud to host a book-signing event with local author Cathy Lueers this May. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 27. Lueers will be signing copies of her book, “Victory Lane: Korean War Veteran’s Journey through the VA Health System.”

About the book

What is going on with the VA Health System? When a Korean War veteran and Purple Heart medalist receives a shocking medical diagnosis, he and his daughter scramble across the country in a race against time to find hope and treatment. This true story peels back the covers in a rare, personal look at real issues confronting the VA health system, offering insights and hope to caregivers and the heroes they serve.

Spring 2017 In-Store Events

Book World of Janesville has a couple of fun events coming up this spring:

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, local author Linda Romblom will be in the store signing copies of her new book, “Adventures of Princess Isabella The Leprechaun.”

"The Adventures of Princess Isabella The Leprechaun" by Linda Romblom

“The Adventures of Princess Isabella The Leprechaun” by Linda Romblom

About the book and author: “The Adventures of Princess Isabella The Leprechaun” began as bedtime stories told by a grandmother (Linda Romblom) to her granddaughter (Isabella Walker), who became the leading character, Princess Isabella in their adventures. Her family members and friends play supporting roles and she named animals in the story as it was told.

As Isabella grew and became interested in reading and drawing, these special times between grandmother and granddaughter expanded into creating this book. Their time together was so wonderful that they came up with a way to “share the magic!” They added a template to the back of the book so others can personalize the story with their own character names and create artwork together. Questions that help readers relate the story to their lives and talk about important issues were also added to enrich the bonding experience.

Linda Romblom, primary author, was assisted by Isabella in saying things in a way her friends would understand. Isabella Walker, primary illustrator, encouraged Grammie Linda to not only help with coloring, but occasionally try her hand at drawing.

Linda has a master’s degree in education, and prior to her recent retirement taught Family and Consumer Science to high school students, including course work in Child Development. This book incorporates many of the foundational principles she used in lesson planning that enhance cognitive development and creativity in children.

The second event will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, when Book World will host a fundraising event for the Rock County Morale Committee. A percentage of the sales during this time will be donated to the committee.

We hope to see you at Book World for both of these great events!