Milwaukee’s Soccer-Playing Reverend Publishes Book of Essays

Milwaukee soccer-playing minister The Reverend Andrew (“Drew”) Kennedy is going to retire in June. Retire from active ministry, that is. Not from playing soccer. For 28 years, Rev. Kennedy has been the senior minister at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee. During his tenure, the congregation has tripled in size, making it one of the largest Unitarian Universalist churches in the… Read More

Loreen Niewenhuis – She Can’t Stop Walking

Loreen Niewenhuis doesn’t seem to be ready to stop walking. After taking two 1,000-mile long hikes – the first around Lake Michigan in 2009 and the second following long stretches of all five Great Lakes in 2012 – she’s back at it. Her current adventure is taking her to the islands of the Great Lakes to walk their beaches (and… Read More

Milwaukee Book Launch Party for Odin’s Promise

The public is invited to a book-launch party Thursday, April 24, for Odin’s Promise: A Novel of Norway by Muskego author Sandy Brehl. The “beautifully-written, emotionally taut” middle-grade novel is a story of the first year of German occupation of Norway as seen through the eyes of a young girl, Mari, accompanied by her Norwegian elkhound, Odin. Where: Norway House…. Read More

Time of the Eagle – Kindle Edition Released

Crispin Books is pleased to announce release of Time of the Eagle: A Story of an Ojibwe Winter as a Kindle eBook. Time of the Eagle, by Stephanie Golightly Lowden, is a middle-grade historical novel about a winter survival trek by two young Native American (Ojibwe) siblings, a tale of courage and resourcefulness set in the fur-trade era of the… Read More

A War of Her Own – Ebook Special through February

“The only gift is a portion of thyself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Surely that applies to this historical novel by Sylvia Dickey Smith! The fine award-winning novel A War of Her Own draws on Sylvia’s own family stories of her mother working in the shipyards of Orange, Texas, in World War II. And we decided to put the eBook on… Read More

Odin’s Promise – Coming Soon

We have several books to announce for this spring. Coming soon: Odin’s Promise, by Sandy Brehl. It’s a delightful middle-grade historical novel, a story of a girl and an elkhound during World War II in a village in western Norway during the German occupation. Sandy is a teacher and an active member of SCBWI. She also a blogger about picture… Read More

The Purpose of Fantasy – New Title Released

The Purpose of Fantasy: A Reader’s Guide is now available in both paperback ($14.95) and an inexpensive Kindle edition ($3.99). By award-winning author and editor Philip Martin, the book explores the spiritual/philosophical underpinnings of the field of fantasy literature. With an intro section about fantasy lit in general (“Is It Escapist?”, etc.), then a look at twelve outstanding fantasy books,… Read More

Winners of 50-Word Thanksgiving Story Contest

The wise and wonderful judges have selected the winners of the Crickhollow Books 50-word “Thanksgiving” Story Contest. Finalists: Karla Manternach, “Thanksgiving Storm” Carl McNelty, “Afternoon at the Orchard” Kashmira Sheth, “Columbus’ Mistake” Becky Spice, “Untitled” Mark Zastrow, “Traditional Distance” And the 1st Prize goes to: A.L. LeGore, “Untitled” whose entry read: The pen I use has a fine line and… Read More

Crickhollow Books Announces 50-Word Story Contest on “Thanksgiving”

To celebrate our 5th anniversary as an indie press, Crickhollow Books announces a 50-word story contest with the theme of “Thanksgiving.” What: a 50-word story Deadline: November 16, 2013 How To Submit: The easiest way is to email the story to us using our Contact page; we’ll screen it for appropriateness, word length, etc., then post it as a comment… Read More

Crickhollow Books Turns Five!

The Milwaukee-based indie press, Crickhollow Books, has just turned five years old! So for those in the Milwaukee area, we’re celebrating with a public party/literary bash on Sunday, Nov. 17. You’re invited! So mark your Outlooks, iCals, reminder gnomes, etc. WHERE: Big Bay Brewing Company, 4517 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, Wis. WHEN: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. WHY: We like books!… Read More