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Much to Celebrate in 2012 Society Press Books


One in a series of authors' book events at taverns featured in "Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries,", such as The DMZ Bunker in Waterford pictured here (photo by co-author Mark Speltz)

Wisconsin history — via the pages of Wisconsin Historical Society Press books — reached a statewide and even a national audience in 2012. From Hayward to Spring Green, Lambeau Field to the Bark River, and Boston to Los Angeles, thousands of readers took an increased interest in the history that Wisconsin Historical Society Press authors had to share last year. Of the 15 books, 24 e-books, and three audio books the Society Press published 2012, five celebrated national attention.

Three of the books — "Return to Wake Robin," "Bottoms Up" and "Green Bay Packers" — proved so popular that initial printings sold out within months of publication and required immediate reprints. In addition, the e-book version of "Return to Wake Robin" sold hundreds of copies throughout the United States, the most sales recorded to date since the Society Press began publishing e-book editions in 2011.

Other Popular General Interest Titles

Other titles of general interest proved popular with readers and received widespread positive reviews.

'Nuestra Historia en Español'

Also in 2012, the Society Press also expanded its history outreach to another new audience when it published a Spanish-language version of its definitive fourth-grade state history textbook, "Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story," titled, 'Wisconsin: Nuestro Estado, Nuestra Historia.' The translation, completed through a partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools, was made possible by a grant from the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation of Milwaukee. In addition, the Society Press published other books geared toward the state's younger readers including 'The Great Peshtigo Fire: Stories and Science from America's Deadliest Firestorm' by Scott Knickelbine, and two Badger Biography Series books: 'Les Paul: Guitar Wizard' by Bob Jacobson, and 'Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero' by Bob Kann.

:: Posted January 7, 2013

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