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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.

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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.