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Meet author Ron Berger on Dec. 8

"Children, Save Yourselves" by Ron BergerBook World welcomes Wisconsin-based author Ron Berger to the store for a book signing from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Berger, a retired UW-Whitewater professor, will be signing copies of his book, “Children, Save Yourselves! One Family’s Story of Holocaust Survival.” The book chronicles his Jewish family’s story in Europe during World War II and the Holocaust, is published by Little Creek Press.

About the book

Children, Save Yourselves! is a compelling true story of two Jewish brothers who survived the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland. One brother, the author’s father, endured several concentration camps, including the infamous camp at Auschwitz, as well as a horrific winter death march. The other brother, the author’s uncle, survived outside of the camps by passing as a Catholic among anti-Semitic Poles, including a group of anti-Nazi Polish partisans, eventually becoming an officer in the Soviet Army. The book traces the defining prewar, wartime, and postwar events that marked their extraordinary lives.

About the author

Ron BergerRonald J. Berger is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has published numerous books and articles on topics that include crime and criminal justice, disability, and the Holocaust. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he currently lives in McFarland, Wisconsin.

 

Meet local author Pat Hall on Nov. 6

Book World welcomes local author Pat Hall to the store for a book signing event from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Hall will be signing copies of her newest book, “Secret of Santa’s Naughty-Nice List.” In addition, her previous titles will also be available that evening.

Learn more about Hall, a Janesville resident, in this 2017 interview with the Janesville Gazette (subscription may be required).

About ‘Secret of Santa’s Naughty-Nice List’

It’s Christmas Eve and Santa and half the reindeer are sick! Now it’s up to the elves to deliver all the presents, but Santa’s list is unusable. How will the elves figure out which presents to leave? Through a series of zany misadventures, the elves discover the true secret of giving.

A contemporary take on the classic, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” with a diverse crew of elves who employ modern-day technology to help navigate a series of zany misadventures that lead them to discovering the true secret of giving.

Meet local author Jerol Anderson on Nov. 10

Book World welcomes local author Jerol Anderson to the store for a book signing event from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Anderson, a Dane County resident, is the author of a number of titles, including “A Lake Koshkonong Tale” and also the “Jessica Tyson” mystery series.

About ‘A Lake Koshkonong Tale’

A Lake Koshkonong TaleSomething has shattered the spirit of the people on the shores of Lake Koshkonong. Eric Redfeather, returning from the Reservation to make a new home and Jenna Taylor, pastor of the local church, delve into the dark history that created the community’s emotional prison. If only they can find the key.

They meet new neighbors and learn of Eric’s Native American mother, Carissa, adopted by a gangland couple from Chicago, the threat of a ‘hit’ put out on Carissa and Eric when he was born, and the role the Lake Koshkonong church played in a cover-up, causing members to become suspicious and reclusive.

With the stories of his heritage, Eric wins the hearts of the children and the community. And, through his and Jenna’s love for one another, they are able to bring her flock back to the church, filled with forgiveness.

About the author

Jerol AndersonWhen not writing, Jerol shares her time with her husband, “The Critique King,” two lovely daughters and their families (yes, grandchildren), another stepdaughter and stepson and their families (yes, grandchildren), and a bird named Tonto.

She has Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and Biology. Also enough credits for the Chemistry Degree, but a triple major wasn’t allowed. All those science years are of yet another lifetime. They come in handy when crafting a mystery chocked with medical and forensic info.

Meet author Dan Kaufman on Oct. 12

Book World welcomes author Dan Kaufman to our store to discuss his recent book, “Fall of Wisconsin: Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.”

Mr. Kaufman, a Wisconsin native, will appear at Book World from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. He will be joined for the discussion by Janesville resident and former state Sen. Tim Cullen.

About the book

Fall of Wisconsin: Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American PoliticsThe untold story behind the most shocking political upheaval in the country.

For more than a century, Wisconsin has been known nationwide for its progressive ideas and government. It famously served as a “laboratory of democracy,” a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and birthplace of the Wisconsin Idea, which championed expertise in the service of the common good. But following a Republican sweep of the state’s government in 2010, Wisconsin’s political heritage was overturned, and the state went Republican for the first time in three decades in the 2016 presidential election, elevating Donald J. Trump to the presidency.

The Fall of Wisconsin is a deeply reported, searing account of how the state’s progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives bent on remaking the country. Dan Kaufman, a Wisconsin native who has been covering the story for several years, traces the history of progressivism that made Wisconsin so widely admired, from the work of celebrated politicians like Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette and Gaylord Nelson, to local traditions like Milwaukee’s “sewer socialism,” to the conservationist ideas of Aldo Leopold and the state’s Native American tribes. Kaufman reveals how the “divide-and-conquer” strategy of Governor Scott Walker and his allies pitted Wisconsin’s citizens against one another so powerful corporations and wealthy donors could effectively take control of state government. As a result, laws protecting voting rights, labor unions, the environment, and public education were rapidly dismantled.

Neither sentimental nor despairing, Kaufman also chronicles the remarkable efforts of citizens who are fighting to reclaim Wisconsin’s progressive legacy against tremendous odds: Chris Taylor, a Democratic assemblywoman exposing the national conservative infrastructure, Mike Wiggins, the head of a Chippewa tribe battling an out-of-state mining company, and Randy Bryce, the ironworker whose long-shot challenge to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has galvanized national resistance to Trump.

About the author

Dan Kaufman

Dan Kaufman

Dan Kaufman has written for The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. Originally from Wisconsin, he now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and son.

Meet author Lisl Detlefsen on May 5

"If You Had A Jetpack" by Lisl Detlefsen

“If You Had A Jetpack” by Lisl Detlefsen

Author and Wisconsin resident Lisl Detlefsen will be at Book World from 1-3PM on Saturday, May 5. Detlefsen will be signing copies of her new children’s book, “If You Had A Jetpack.”

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

Illustrated by Linzie Hunter. Published by Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Having a jetpack is fun — if you know what to do with one. If you had a jetpack, you could:

  • Teach your brother how to build one too.
  • Demonstrate its usefulness at Show and Share Time at school
  • Give your principal a ride home.
  • Fly south to visit your nana.
  • Visit the astronauts on the space station and help with anything that needed fixing.

​Join one inventive little rabbit as he and his brother put their new jetpack to good use!

About the author

Lisl Detlefsen

Lisl Detlefsen

Lisl H. Detlefsen lives on a cranberry marsh near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, with her husband and two sons. She writes while she watches wildlife wander past her office window. Her favorite part of the year is when it’s time for harvest.