Thank You Books & Beer

Event Recap

I had a delightful evening in Columbus, WI talking about Dangerous Straits to the lively Books & Beer Book Club. Thank you Books and Beer for being so attentive and asking such good questions. And host/organizer Valerie Biel is an outstanding interviewer.

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Dangerous Straits ebook cover

My wife came along and got to meet a few of my old friends/writing colleagues from the late, great Wisconsin Writers’ Institute. It was great reconnecting with Kristin Oakley, Celeste Anton, Larry Sommers, Rex Owens, Laurie Buchanan, and of course, Val Biel. I also met Mary Behan, another Wisconsin-based writer who hails from Ireland and is a retired neuroscientist and teacher. She joined us part way through dinner and was delightful company. Yet another few upcoming books from these authors will go on my TBR list. I may have to live to 150 to have time to read them all. :-(

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One good thing that came from the pandemic was the rapid adoption of Zoom for online meetings. It was originally a necessary evil when no one could safely meet in person. Now it’s a terrific option for allowing people who can’t be present to attend live meetings virtually. For writers, it helps us connect with other writers and also broadens our potential reading audience.


I got energized by the book club on Thursday night after being humbled by the incredibly challenging putting greens on the two Sand Valley golf courses on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. But Sand Valley lived up to the hype and then some. It was a tiny slice of Golf Heaven.


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