Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday April 27 | 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Join Arcadia Books and 550 independent bookstores across the country in celebrating the 5th annual Independent Bookstore Day!
Arcadia Books will be hosting a day of special surprises and will offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. These limited edition items will be available only at participating IBD bookstores on April 27. Not before. Not online. And not in chain stores.
Come, bring the family and join in celebrating your community bookstore!
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Sunday April 28 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Because We're All Forever Earthbound
"...snippets of wisdom, sprinkled with facts."—Jerry Apps
Chuck promotes environmental education in area schools, is the group leader of the Iowa County chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and works for the Driftless Area Land Conservancy as its Community Organizer.
An educator and conservationist at heart, Chuck spent the first twenty-two years of his professional career teaching in Alaska village schools with this wife Karen. Returning to Wisconsin, he continued teaching and helped establish the Green & Healthy Schools program in the Dodgeville School District and the grassroots environmental group, Sustain Iowa County.
Chuck and Karen reside in their passive solar home in rural Iowa County. Their three children and three delightful granddaughters are a constant source of joy and the motivation to help build a livable world.
Stop ATC Letter Writing Party
Sunday April 28 | 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Help the Driftless Area Land Conservancy and their partner organizations reach the goal of sending 500+ personal letters to Governor Tony Evers voicing united opposition to the unnecessary and damaging Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission line.
These are the CRITICAL last few months before the Public Service Commission issues it's decision on whether this costly boondoggle (which we will have to pay for!), will get the go-ahead.
Stop by Arcadia briefly, write a short letter, and they will take care of the rest! Supplies and postage will be provided. If you cannot make it, all letters should go to:
Governor Dr. Tony Evers
115 East State Capitol
Madison WI 53702.
It is most important to postmark your letter to arrive May 6th or 7th.
Let's use our voices to send a strong message that the people of Southwest Wisconsin are still paying attention and oppose this transmission line. The time is NOW to protect the Driftless!
For more information, visit ProtectTheDriftless.com or contact Emily Benz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday May 05 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM
"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/
Saturday May 11 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Between 1933 and 1942, the Civilian Conservation Corps, a popular New Deal relief program, was at work across America. During the Great Depression, young men lived in rustic CCC camps planting trees, cutting trails, and reversing the effects of soil erosion.
In his latest book, acclaimed environmental writer Jerry Apps presents the first comprehensive history of the CCC in Wisconsin. Apps guides readers around the state, from the Northwoods to the Driftless Area, creating a map of where and how more than 125 CCC camps left indelible marks on the landscape.
Captured in rich detail as well are the voices of the CCC boys who by preserving Wisconsin’s natural beauty not only discovered purpose in their labor, but founded an enduring legacy of environmental stewardship.
Award-winning Wisconsin author Jerry Apps has written more than 40 nonfiction and fiction books, including 20 (and counting) published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Born and raised on a central Wisconsin farm, Jerry is a former county extension agent and professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Madison, where he taught for thirty years. Today he works as a rural historian, creative writing instructor, and full-time writer. He has created five documentaries with Wisconsin Public Television, has won several awards for his writing, and won a regional Emmy Award for the TV documentary A Farm Winter. He and his wife, Ruth, divide their time between their home in Madison and their farm, Roshara, in Waushara County.
Spring...into a great book!
Saturday May 18 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Spring Green Annual Spring Fling
Arcadia booksellers will chat about some of their new, and old, favorite books and help you find your next perfect read. Hard cider flights and noshes available for purchase. Let's talk about books!
Sunday May 19 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Madison made history in the sixties. Landmark civil rights laws were passed. Pivotal campus protests were waged. A spring block party turned into a three-night riot. Factor in urban renewal troubles, a bitter battle over efforts to build Frank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace, and the expanding influence of the University of Wisconsin, and the decade assumes legendary status.
In Madison in the Sixties historian Stu Levitan chronicles the birth of modern Madison with style and well-researched substance. This heavily illustrated book also features annotated photographs that document the dramatic changes occurring throughout the decade. The result is an absorbing account of ten years that changed the city forever.
Stuart D. Levitan is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and has been a mainstay of Madison media and government since 1975. He is the author of Madison: The Illustrated Sesquicentennial History, Vol. I, and his articles on the history of Madison have appeared in Madison Magazine, On Wisconsin, Isthmus, and the Capital Times.
Sunday May 26 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM
"I am not sure Wisconsin has ever produced a better storyteller than Bill Stokes. He proved it for decades as a newspaper columnist with a marvelous affinity for rogues and rascals--anyone who wasn't boring. Now we learn that Bill saved his best story for last. This is a wonderful novel, over half a century in the making, and worth every day of the wait."--Doug Moe, author of The World of Mike Royko
"Moving, thoughtful, and romantic in the classic sense, Bill Stokes's novel Margaret's War brings to life the struggle of one young woman to change the course of history or go down in glorious defeat, set against the backdrop of a rural America that would soon be changed forever."-- Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of Deep End of the Ocean
15-year-old Billy juggles the broken heart, the trampled soul, and the fragile sanity of a beautiful young woman when male egos grab and grope at her with the absurd hands of war.
The isolated small town where Billy and Margaret live is suddenly thrust into the brutal reality of World War II when German POWs are brought in to help with crop harvesting. The face-to-face contact with the killers of their sons is not only beyond the capacities of Gold Star mothers, but twists the thinking of everyone, including Margaret, who is determined to challenge fate. That challenge gets Margaret, Billy, and his outrageous older friend and mentor Cy immersed in a women-empowering scheme to turn war on its historical head.
What finally happens is as unpredictable as to where Billy's beloved dog Toby will next mark his territory.
Saturday September 21 | 5:30PM - 6:30PM
On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston’s sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.
In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive."