Lake & Island Notes                                        July 2014

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Paper Lantern Love Stories
by Stuart Dyber

Some of Dybek’s characters recur in these stories, while others appear only briefly. Throughout, they—and we—are confronted with vaguely familiar scents and images, reminiscent of love but strangely disconcerting, so that we might wonder whether we are looking in a mirror or down the barrel of a gun. “After the ragged discharge,” Dybek writes, “when the smoke has cleared, who will be left standing and who will be shattered into shards?” Paper Lantern brims with the intoxicating elixirs known to every love-struck, lovelorn heart, and it marks the magnificent return of one of America’s most important fiction writers at the height of his powers.

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Some Dream for Fools  

by Faiza Guene

This short novel relates the universal story of immigrant life as cultures of origin begin to fade and the cultures of a new place begin the often long and painful process of replacing them. Ivry-sur-Seine outside of Paris, where the story is set, teems with immigrants (as do even closer-in districts like Belleville). Ahleme, who left Algeria as a young girl some ten years before, cares for her disabled father and boundary-stretching teenaged brother. Her slangy language (which must have been even more lyrical in the original French) conveys the story of struggle and incomprehension faced by newcomers to Western life whether in Europe or the Americas. Her grit and constant improvisation bode well for her someday becoming “French." Someday, maybe!

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The Qualities of Wood

by Mary Vensel White

When Betty Gardiner dies, leaving behind an unkempt country home, her grandson and his young wife take a break from city life to prepare the house for sale. Nowell Gardiner leaves first to begin work on his second mystery novel. By the time his wife Vivian joins him, a real mystery has begun: a local girl has been found dead in the woods behind the house. Even after the death is ruled an accident, Vivian can’t forget the girl, can’t ignore the strange behavior of her neighbors, or her husband. As Vivian attempts to put the house in order, all around her things begin to fall apart.
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Bayfield, Wisconsin

We are blessed with many things up here in the Northland – our incomparable lake, our wild islands, our sprawling forests and our compact, distinctive communities. One of our less obvious, but critical, assets is our cadre of local and regional authors. They run the gamut from fiction to history to poetry to photography to cookery to memoir and beyond. Most of them have been featured at one time or another in these notes. To further celebrate this group of talented writers we will host an event – Local Authors Conversation and Cocktails – at the Bayfield Pavillion from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, July 30th. It will be an opportunity to mingle and mix with our local readers as well as writers and enjoy some refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. A brief panel presentation including several authors will give an opportunity for general discussion. See you there!
We are humbled and proud to have been voted one of Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake honorees for 2014. Voters from around the region and across the US and Canada cast their choices and we emerged as one of the best shops on the lake. We share the distinction with two other Wisconsin shops – our neighbor Keeper of the Light here in Bayfield and Trout Run Art in Port Wing. What a thrill to cap off our 5th season here in Bayfield with this recognition! Thank you to our fans and thank you to Lake Superior Magazine for providing a forum for discovering the best of the Lake Superior watershed. If you are unfamiliar with Lake Superior Magazine you should check it out – great content, superb photography, tasty recipes and an array of lake-related merchandise.
At last we have summer! It’s been a long time coming, but the thermometer has grudgingly moved up into the 80’s and 90's and the sky has cleared for days on end. That is not to say that we have become Arizona! But, rains have been intermittent and perfect for gardens and lawns. Breezes have kept the bugs at bay (well, sort of!). The town is filled with visitors, trails are filled with hikers, kayaking are exploring the islands, and the marinas are festooned with sails. The lighthouses reward the hearty island explorers. Bears wander freely. All good!

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Upcoming events...

Author Conversation & Cocktails
Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion

Wednesday, July 30th 5:00-7:00pm

Have you ever wondered what inspires the local authors among us? If so, don't miss out on this opportunity! Join us for a gathering of several local authors for a panel discussion about their books, their inspiration, and what draws them to write about our region. Authors Julie Buckles (Paddling to Winter), Beth Dooley (Northern Heartland Kitchen), Dennis McCann (This Superior Place), Howard Paap (Red Cliff, Wisconsin), and Robert Nelson (Harbor City Chronicles) will join us for this panel discussion.

Snacks from the Fat Radish and chef Beth Dooley, and beverages will be provided. Apostle Islands Booksellers will have books available for purchase.
This event is free and open to the public.

If you are interested in learning more about our local food systems, check out Beth Dooley's presentation at Northland College's Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute on July 29th.
Nickolas Butler Reading & Signing
The Spot Bar & Cafe, Ashland

Saturday, August 16th 5:30-6:30pm

You don't want to miss this one. We're thrilled to be partnering with The Spot Bar & Cafe in Ashland to bring Nickolas Butler, author of national bestseller
Shotgun Lovesongs.

Butler will be reading excerpts from his critically acclaimed novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, as well as taking questions from the audience. Apostle Islands Booksellers will have books available for purchase.

This event will be FREE and open to the public, however we expect to reach a capacity audience and are recommending that folks come early to grab seats and food/drinks.

What we're reading...

Harbor City Chronicles
by Robert Nelson

This is the latest book by Bayfield’s Historian Laureate, Bob Nelson. It follows his work on Tales of Bayfield Pioneers: A History of Bayfield and Apostle Islanders and continues his scrupulous research on our people and culture. It is a composite of transcribed newspaper reviews from local publishers documenting life in the Apostle Islands, Bayfield Peninsula, Chequamegon Bay, and the South Shore of Lake Superior. Some of the articles appeared as long ago as 156 years. Bob transcribed and edited 414 pieces over the past six years and he provides an absolutely fascinating anecdotal history of our region. He gives ample credit, and we do too, to the Bayfield Heritage Association’s Pike Research Center which has become the go-to source for our collective story. Its vast collection of local newspapers, historical documents, photos and maps have made work like this possible right here in Harbor City aka Bayfield.
Saving the Family Cottage: A Guide to Succession Planning for Your Cottage, Cabin, Camp or Vacation
by Stuart J. Hollander, et al.

More and more we hear stories of the incredible collective pool of emotion and good will attached to the family cottage. Sometimes families, for generations, have shared the cabin, the beach, the woods, the meals, the traditions, the lore and the memories of a singular, unchanging place. Whether in quiet contemplation on the screen porch or in the manic damming of the creek by a band of kids, there is no place quite like it. More and more, however, we also hear stories of the darker side of these special places when the growing number and diversity of family members sometimes raises issues of joint ownership and ultimate succession as inevitably the generations pass on. This book is intended to sort through these issues and guide families through them.

Final Thoughts...


"Long stormy Spring-time, we contentious April, Winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of Summer does come."

~Thomas Carlyle

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