Sunday February 24 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM
"Who as a child (or a restless adult) hasn't dreamed of working in one of our spectacular national parks? If you've ever longed for natural beauty, wildness, or a more expansive life, here's your chance to see what happens to those who follow that dream. As one of the writers puts it, 'Wild places are infused with magic, and they attract the most crazy-wonderful people."---Nancy Lord, former Alaska Writer Laureate and author of Fishcamp, Green Alaska, and Early Warming
Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Her writings and podcasts are available at http://catherineyoungwriter.weebly.com/
Decoding the Driftless Film Screening
Friday March 01 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
The Gard Theater
111 E. Jefferson St., Spring Green
Friday, March 1
with special guest
Producer George Howe
Seating limit 200
You may purchase tickets online by clicking
the link at the bottom of this page.
(Please print your receipt and bring it
with you--this is your ticket.)
You can also purchase tickets at Arcadia Books.
(102 E. Jefferson St., Spring Green)
*Tickets may be available at the door until sold out.
Box office opens at 6:30pm.
Sponsored by Driftless Area Land Conservancy, Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, and Arcadia Books.
Go on a wild ride of adventure above, on, and below the amazing Driftless Region through a new film of exploration. Soar over ancient, rugged bluffs, skim the surface of primordial rivers, venture deep underground to secret worlds, marvel at sacred archeological treasures, hang perilously over massive rock cliffs, and travel across time itself to explore and decipher ancient clues of the unglaciated Driftless Region landscape, with its captivating scenic beauty.
Local Emmy Award-winning filmmakers George Howe and Tim Jacobson of Sustainable Driftless teamed up again with national TV series host Rob Nelson of Untamed Science to produce a feature-length film about the amazing origins and diverse natural and archaeological resources of the Driftless Region. This time, the creative team added Swedish filmmaker Jonas Stenstrom of Untamed Science, and six-time Emmy-winning wildlife cinematographer Neil Rettig. The team delivers extremely rare footage of natural phenomena and scenic beauty in the Driftless in a way never seen before!
Sunday March 10 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Arcadia Books welcomes back former Madison chief of police, pastor, and poet David Couper to discuss his latest collection of poetry, In My 80th Year: Poems of Reflection and Remembrance.
Couper has published four other books of poetry: The Sabine Poems, Restoration Point, Eighty-Three, and Segments. His latest book uncovers and addresses an area of his life in which he, up to this time, had not: his life as a police officer. In My 80th Year contains 56 new poems and addresses the harrowing times in the life of a cop, encounters with race and racism, a loving relationship, suicides, and those men and women with whom he has worked over the years.
David Couper served as the city’s chief of police from 1972-1993. He also served in the U.S. Marines. After his retirement from policing he attended seminary and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. He currently serves a small parish in North Lake near Milwaukee.
Saturday March 16 | 4:00PM - 5:00PM
“Breathtaking yet devastating.... Butler weaves questions surrounding faith, regret, and whether it’s possible to love unconditionally into every page of this potent book.... This is storytelling at its finest.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A heartland novel that evokes the possibility of everyday miracles.... Like a favorite flannel shirt, relaxed and comfortable, well-crafted even as it deals with issues of life and death, faith and doubt.... The novelist loves this land and these characters, with their enduring values.”—Kirkus Reviews
In this moving new novel from celebrated author Nickolas Butler, a Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church.
Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old grandson, Isaac. After a troubled adolescence and subsequent estrangement from her parents, Shiloh has finally come home. But while Lyle is thrilled to have his whole family reunited, he’s also uneasy: in Shiloh’s absence, she has become deeply involved with an extremist church, and the devout pastor courting her is convinced Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick.
Set over the course of one year and beautifully evoking the change of seasons, "Little Faith" is a powerful and deeply affecting intergenerational novel about family and community, the ways in which belief is both formed and shaken, and the lengths we go to protect our own.
Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as the Iowa Writer's workshop, and the author of the novel The Hearts of Men, the internationally bestselling and prizewinning novel Shotgun Lovesongs, and the acclaimed short story collection Beneath the Bonfire. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.